Soil Sciences Collection

The Soil Science Collections in the department of Renewable Resources consist of a series of monoliths - blocks of soil as they appear in nature - from across Alberta, Canada, and the world. The collection reveals how soils develop in diverse landscapes, their characteristics and classification in the Canadian System of Soil Classification, and is particularly useful for researchers, instructors, and students focused on renewable resources and environmental sciences. Ongoing research in soil ecology, landscape dynamics, carbon and nitrogen cycling, and soil chemical properties illustrates the environmental value of the collection.

Location and Access

  • The collections can be accessed by students, faculty, researchers, and members of the public by appointment
  • Contact Scott Chang to arrange an appointment or tour
  • Highlights of the collections are exhibited on the second, third, and fourth floors in the east wing of the Earth Sciences Building