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Students learn how to sample water, soil, and air in AU Environmental Science classes.
Intercollegiate soil judging is an activity that teaches students about landforms and soil morphology in the field, and allows them to experience other parts of the U.S. during competitions.
Alabama is diverse with respect to variation in physiography. Where the Piedmont reaches the Coastal Plain a drop in elevation occurs, producing the "fall line" where gristmills used water power to turn corn into cornmeal.
Climate change is a major topic in environmental science. Students in the AU environmental science major learn how land management, such a no-till crop production, can store carbon to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations.
Environmental Science students at AU learn about the relationship between landforms, water bodies, pollution potential, and pollution prevention.
One of the basic tenets of environmental stewardship is knowledge of soil conditions prior to waste or fertilizer application. Soil sampling and testing provides information required to make judicious decisions regarding nutrient applications.
Alabama has more navigable waterways than any other state. Protection of this resource is imperative for the well being of current and future generations.
Mixed species pastures take advantage of the nitrogen fixing capabilities of legumes.
Broiler chicken production is Alabama's largest agricultural enterprise, and judicious management of its land-applied broiler litter (manure + bedding) is imperative to protect water resources.
Last Updated: March 26, 2014