Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Worst Hard Time

I recently finished a book entitled The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Eagan. It is a book about the dust bowl, an epic environmental event that occurred during the great depression. A long term drought had settled on the great … Continue reading

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The Soil Orders – Gelisols

This is the first of a series of blog posts where I will describe some of the interesting features of each of the 12 soil orders in Soil Taxonomy – the soil classification system developed for the US by the … Continue reading

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Colby Featured on Soilduck’s Sunday Soil Scientist

Fellow soil scientist Jess Drake runs a blog called soilduck. Jess has a weekly feature called the Sunday Soil Scientist which focuses on the bio of a soil scientist from around the world. She was nice enough to do this … Continue reading

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ColbyDigsSoil Now on Facebook

As a way to better market this blog and to foster more interactions with readers there is now a Facebook fan page for You can “like” the blog by following this link.

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The Art of Soil Color

Soils from around the world differ greatly. One reason for that is color, as evidenced in the header of this website. Colors were first standardized by Professor Albert H. Munsell on a system with three components: hue, value, and chroma. … Continue reading

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Envirothon Training – 2012

Since I arrived at NC State for my graduate studies, I’ve helped out every spring with teaching a “crash course” on soil science to local Envirothon competitors. Envirothon is an academic competition for middle and high school students. They take … Continue reading

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