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Introduction to Environmental Science Soil and Agriculture Exploration Activity


Directions

Scan the questions below, then review the EnvSci text (Ch7), and WATCH “Kiss the ground” (Password: school). View the rubric and answer the questions in the fields below by “clicking or tapping to enter text”. Save this file as a .docx and upload to the correct Exploration Activity submission location.

Saving this file: When you are done answering these questions – save this template as a WORD DOCUMENT (.docx) named: EVR1001C Soil&Agri LastName.docx where “LastName” is your last name. Upload to Canvas to submit your assignment. ONLY .docx files will be accepted.

SHORT ESSAY Questions (Expectations: short essay answers are composed of multiple SENTENCES in paragraph format unless otherwise specified. For full credit, always FULLY EXPLAIN what you mean. Please use the words that make up the question in your answer.

After reviewing the EnvSci text, answer the following questions:

a) Define what is meant by traditional, industrial, and sustainable agriculture practices (see text 142-143)

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b) How do regional differences in soils affect agricultural practices. Choose two examples from the book and explain. (see text p145)

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After watching the documentary, answer the following questions:

a) List and explain the effects of conventional tilling and industrial agriculture on soil health?

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b) List three possible agricultural solutions mentioned in the documentary and explain their benefits for soil health.

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c) Is the use of grazing animals a good solution for desertification? Explain how grazing can be used to improve soil health.

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d) LIST three moments (other than the ones listed for answers above) during the video that surprised or impressed you while watching the documentary. THEN, EXPLAIN why you felt this way (Relate this to your understanding of soil and agriculture)

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Opinion

Which SINGLE sustainable agriculture practice (from the text, video, or your own research) do you think is the most important to implement in the future to encourage better soil health? Why? (This is an opinion piece – pick ONE sustainable practice and provide several reasons for why it is the most important)

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Remember: When you are done answering these questions – save this template as a WORD DOCUMENT (.docx) named: EA_Soil&Agri_LastName.docx where “LastName” is your last name. Upload to Canvas to submit your assignment

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