Soil Morphology/Describing Soils

Soil Morphology/Describing Soils

A 3-day course that includes classroom instruction and in the field demonstrations.  The course will be held over a 3-week period.  To be held at the UNH campus in Durham, NH.  Instructor will be James Gove, CWS, CSS, CPSC, CPESC, and assisted by Christopher Albert, CWS, CPESC and NH Septic Designer.  For 2019, this will be July 10, 17, and 24.

Day 1:
Classroom Instruction of how to describe soil profiles will take place in the morning at the Fairchild Dairy Kenner Building.  Topics covered will be soil horizons, soil color, soil texture, soil consistence, structure, redoximorphic features, coarse fragments, restrictive layers, estimated seasonal high water tables, and bedrock features.  The use of the soil profiles in septic design and siting will be described in detail.  
In the afternoon, students will travel by their private vehicles to the Kingman Farm.  The students will have the opportunity to view two glacial outwash soil pits and describe them in detail with the assistance of the instructors.

Day 2:  Field instruction will take place beginning in the morning at the contractor parking lot next to the observatory/dressage ring.  4 pits will be open for the students to describe and record the soil profiles.   With assistance from the instructors, the student will record all 4 pits.  Marine sediments and outwash over marine sediments will be the soil profiles evaluated.
In the afternoon, the students will go to the classroom and the instructors will review the soil profiles with each student and correct any deficiencies.  There will also be a review of the materials covered in the morning of the first day.

Day 3:  Field instruction will begin in the morning with 3 pits located in glacial till/bedrock controlled landform.  This will be a field practicum for the students, where their soil descriptions will be evaluated in a testing format.  The students will have the morning to describe the pits and record the soil profiles.
In the afternoon, in the classroom, the soil profile descriptions will be graded and deficiencies will be discussed.  Important points of field description will be reviewed and the application of the soil profiles to septic design will be discussed.

Students will need field clothes, field boots, bug spray, rain gear (field work will be conducted rain or shine), Munsell color book, putty knife or similar tool for cleaning to soil pit faces, clipboard for description forms.
Ticks, mosquitoes and poison ivy are present at the field sites.

Instructor Bios


Soil Morphology/Describing Soils

  • Jim Gove

    Jim Gove

    Jim Gove, CSS, CWS, CPSC, CPESC, M.S. in Plant Science, is president and senior soil and wetland scientist for Gove Environmental Services, Inc., in Exeter, NH. He has been working in the field of soil and wetland science for over 35 years and has authored, co-authored, and contributed to several soil science publications. He is currently president of the Society of Soil Scientists of Northern New England and a member of the New England Hydric Soils Technical Committee. His particular areas of expertise include wetland delineation procedures, wetland impact permitting, wetland mitigation and restoration, site specific soil surveys, hydric soil assessments, and soil profile analysis.

  • Christopher Albert

    Christopher Albert

    Christopher Albert: Is a licensed wetland scientist, septic system designer and evaluator with over 30 years of experience in the private sector.  He holds a BS in Forestry with a minor in soils from UNH.  He is the chairman of the newly created Licensure Board for Septic System Evaluators and vice chairman on the Licensure Board for Natural Resource Scientists.  He is on the Board of Directors for the Granite State Designers and Installers (GSDI) chairing the non-point source advisory committee, past President for the New Hampshire Association of Natural Scientist (NHANRS), the Town of Epping’s representative and Board member for the Southeast Watershed Alliance (SWA), and serves on the board of Directors for the New Hampshire Water Works Association

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