Module Identifier GG32910  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Peter W Abrahams  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Pre-Requisite GG10410  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours 10 x 2 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours 2-hour Written exam. Answer 2 questions from 4. Resit has same format.100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of :-


Normally, the following themes will be covered:

1. The history of soil: human interactions.

2. Archaeology and soil science.

3. Soil and fertilisers.

4. Soil and pesticides.

5. Trace-element geochemistry - geochemical mapping, trace-element deficiencies and toxicities in
plants and animals.

6. Soil and human health/geophagy.

7. Soil acidification and the impact of acid rain on soils.

8. Radionuclides in soils.

The module is primarily concerned with the U.K. environment, and will include a historical approach to many of the issues covered. Students are reminded that the course deals with soil chemistry, although the principles involved will be treated in such a way that the majority of students will be able to follow the topics.


(1) To give students knowledge some of the environmental issues which centre around soil, by concentrating primarily on how human beings have either deliberately or involuntarily altered the chemical status of soil; (2) to provide knowledge to students on how such environmental issues and their impacts can be minimised.

Reading Lists

Wild, A. (1993) Soils and the Environment: an Introduction Cambridge University Press


This module is at CQFW Level 6