University of Calgary

Beneath our feet: The critical role of soils

Submitted by darmstro on Tue, 2013-04-09 15:05.

April 8, 2013

Most of us think of soil as just dirt but it plays a very important role in our very existence and subsistence. At an open house on Thursday, April 18, fourth-year students at the University of Calgary’s Environmental Science program will present their research on the critical role of soils.

The presentations will highlight conclusions from the last eight months of research featuring the presence of pharmaceuticals in food, the effects of post-fire debris load on soil nutrients, the assessment of hydrocarbons in the vicinity of oil sands upgrading facilities, the effects of microbial activity in vermicompost tea on sunflower yield, the deposition of emissions near refineries, and the implication of fertilizer and pesticide use on soils.

WHAT: Environmental Science Public Open House: “Beneath our Feet: The Critical Role of Soils” WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 10 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Earth Science Building, Room 162

WHO: Students will present the findings from their research.

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