MES students get their hands dirty learning about soils

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Photo: Hannah Kleckner/Penn Vet
Shoulder deep in a soil pit at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, MES instructor Alain Plante (in red cap) and his students investigate the soil profile of this part of Chester Country farmland. (Photo: Hannah Kleckner/Penn Vet)
By Katherine Unger Baillie
July 25, 2019

Through field trips around the region and up-close and hands-on studies, students in the Master of Environmental Studies program’s Field Study of Soils summer course taught by Alain Plante learn to see soil as more than the ground we walk on. For the first time this year, class members examined soils on University property from within a five-foot pit dug at the School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center campus.

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