GEOL 333 - Lab #11 Information (Soil Presentation
Guidelines, Presentation Date = April 5)
During Lab on April 5, each student will give an individual
oral presentation about one of the twelve soil orders (categories).
The twelve soil orders (listed below) were assigned randomly. The
presentation must be 3 - 5 minutes in length with several minutes
for questions. There are twelve presentations to give in one hour
and 50 minutes, and the time limit must be enforced strictly. For
the presentations with two students, each student should give ~half
of the presentation. All presentations of soil orders must include
(a) Soil Order Characteristics - including
presence and development of soil horizons, soil fertility, any
other significant soil properties, and any characteristic age,
vegetation and soil minerals, if applicable
(b) Environment of Formation - features of
climate, bedrock composition and topography, if applicable
(c) Distibution in USA
and World - Locations in USA and the world where the soil
order occurs and why it occurs there.
You must also turn in a typed outline of your presentation before
you give your presentation. The outline should include all of
the key information in your oral presentation, and it should be in a
similar sequence as your oral presentation. Make sure to give an
effective presentation, which includes a good opening and closing as
well as good organization. You should practice your presentation to
ensure that you are within the time guidelines and that you deliver
it effectively. Prof. Altaner will attend the presentations.
The purpose of this exercise is to introduce you to the
variety of soil types based on own research and the oral
presentations of fellow students. In addition, you get to practice
your communication skills.
25 pts. for Content (based on accuracy and coverage)
9 pts. for Soil order characteristics
9 pts. for Environment of Formation
7 pts. for Distribution in USA and World
5 pts. for Style (use of effective opening and closing
statements, organization, delivery)
Total = 30 pts
Up to 5 Extra Credit points may be
given based on creativity, handouts, visual aids, or other special
features of the presentation.
Web Site References
A couple of good Web sites with information and photos of the
12 soil orders are:
If anyone wants to give a Powerpoint slide presentation, then you must send your Powerpoint file to Haley by 5 pm on Monday, April 4 so that he can load these files
onto his laptop computer, which will be used for all Powerpoint
presentations. Give your Powerpoint file a name that includes your
soil order and your last name, e.g., Histosol_Altaner. If you do not meet the 5 pm, April 4 deadline for
sending Haley your Powerpoint file, then you cannot give a
Powerpoint presentation. Students
must be prepared to give their presentation even if computer
projection equipment does not work.
Copies of Black and White Handouts
If you would like black
and white copies for handouts to the class or overhead
transparencies, then put
copy-ready printed originals into Haley’s mailbox in 144 CAB (or
give them to Haley in person) by Noon on Monday, April 6.
She'll have the copies ready for your presentation in Lab.