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"Soil Stratigraphy for Trench Logging"
Continuing Education Course for Engineering Geologists
Instructor: Dr. Glenn Borchardt, Soil Tectonics, Berkeley, CA
Two-day course with 6 lectures on the first day and a field trip the second day.
description: Students will learn
how to improve their logs and descriptions of soils uncovered during seismic
to be discussed:
o ABCs of soils:
Soil-horizons from simple to complex
o CTPOT: the factors of soil
o Climate: How water
o Topography: How gravity
helps water improve rocks
o Parent material: How rocks
o Organisms: Construction
and destruction in soils
Perspective and bookkeeping for the ages
o Relative dating methods:
o Absolute dating methods:
U/Th, C-14, and others
o Laboratory methods: PSD
and soil mineralogy
o Recognizing important soil
features: Tongues, krotovinas, calcite filaments, nodules, clay films, manganese
oxide coatings, artifacts, pressure faces, creep faces, slickensides, fossil
o Soil Tectonics: What
faults do to soils; what soils do to faults
An outline of the course is provided. Each participant will describe a complete soil profile.
The Course Outline and Bibliography is available free as a pdf on researchgate.net.