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Our Catholic faith teaches us to be stewards of God's creation. Purposeful neglect of the needs of the soil (which supplies so many resources for humankind) is irresponsible.

  • Job 14: 18-19 "But as a mountain erodes and crumbles and as a rock is moved from its place, as water wears away stones and torrents wash away the soil, so you destroy man's hope" This analogy ties in very well with the concept of weathering and erosion mentioned in this lesson. It reminds us that we, as Catholics, need to protect our faith from the erosion and weathering of temptation and sin through prayer and God's Word.

Several words from scripture refer to the depth and quality of soil in analogy with following God's Word:

  • Matthew 13:23 - "What was sown on the good ground, this is he who hears the word, and understands it, who most certainly bears fruit, and brings forth, some one hundred times as much, some sixty, some thirty."
  • Luke 6:49 - "But he who has heard and not practiced is like a man, who has built a house upon the soft soil without a foundation, against which the torrent bursts, and immediately it collapses, and terrible is the wreck and ruin of that house."

It is very important that students have strong role-models who demonstrate this stewardship of God's creation.  A role-model in Saskatchewan is Nettie Wiebe, leader and activist in social justice and agriculture. She teaches about strong commitment to the environment and soil conservation, and lives the ideals that she teaches.  For more information on Mrs. Wiebe, please see her official website:  http://nettiewiebe.ca/

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a. Model the processes of formation of the three major types of rocks: sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic.
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b. Explain how geologists use the fossil record to provide evidence of geological history.
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c. Construct a visual representation of the rock cycle (e.g., formation, weathering, sedimentation, and reformation) and relate this representation to the surface geology of Saskatchewan and Canada.
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d. Develop and use a classification key for rocks based on physical characteristics and method of formation.
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e. Describe examples of mechanical and chemical weathering of rocks.
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f. Differentiate between weathering and erosion, and explain the role of water in each process.
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g. Document the natural surface geological features of the local environment and provide explanations for the origin of those features.
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h. Relate mechanical (e.g., wind and water), chemical (e.g., acid rain and rusting), and biological (e.g., lichens, mosses, and tree roots) weathering processes to the formation of soils.
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i. Collect, with permission, and examine samples of local soils to determine their physical properties (e.g., colour, odour, texture, presence of organic matter, pore size, and air and water holding capacity).
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j. Classify soil samples according to their characteristics (e.g., sand, loam, and clay composition) and research ways to enrich soils for specific uses (e.g., vegetable garden, road building, dam construction, waste management, and sports field)
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k. Identify predominant soil types (e.g., black, dark brown, brown, and grey) and corresponding land uses in Saskatchewan.
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l. Assess environmental and economic impacts of past and current land use practices in Saskatchewan (e.g., agriculture, urban development, recreation, and road construction), and describe intended and unintended consequences of those practices on self, society, and the environment, including soil degradation
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