Soil Erosion Daily Plan

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What can we do to prevent soil erosion, like what we saw in the first water bottle with soil only in it? (Conservation practices like no-till, winter crops, planting crops/plants with strong root systems. You may discuss legumes if time allows and the competence is there with your students.) The water bottles, one with each different soil component in it. ‘Plastic catchers’ underneath the water bottles. C

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Soil Erosion Daily PlanCourse: Jr. High Exploratory AgUnit: The EnvironmentProblem Area: Soil ErosionDate: September 19, 2013Materials Needed6 plastic water bottlesSand/soilSoil with organic matter in itSoil with intact plants growing in itHot glue and plywood to keep the water bottles on a flat surface Water in a pitcher or watering canString, thread, or wireSharpieExtra clay (for interest approach)Extra sand (for interest approach)Prep: Cut the plastic water bottles in half so that when they are laid on their side, they are open. Fill one of the cut water bottles with soil only, one with soil and organic matter (can use crop residue, etc.), and one with soil that has plants growing in it. The soil should be well packed inside each of the water bottles. The soil level should hit right below the opening of the water bottle so that the water can run over and out. Hot g

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