Question: I've heard soil scientists referred to as "pedologists" and the study of soil referred to as "pedology." What is the origin of these terms? "Ped" makes me think of children (pediatrics) or feet. This has been a long standing question even within soil science. In 1930, Charles Shaw, a soils professor at the University … Continue reading Pedology: Study of children or soils?
Question: I understand what weathering a storm is, but what does the term "weathering" mean in relation to soil? The simplest way to think about weathering is that it means "change," albeit a special kind of change. The breaking of rock through the action of ice is a form of physical weathering. Photo: James Wheeler … Continue reading What is weathering?