IB requirement: Explain the causes of soil degradation. Discuss the environmental and socio-economic consequences of this process, together with management strategies.

Let’s Talk About Soil – English from IASS Vimeo Channel on Vimeo.

Lecture Sources:

Further reading:

Read one of the following articles and report back to the class. Divide the reading equally and give a section to report per person.

 Loess Plateau CS

As you watch the video, take notes on

  • the reasons for soil degradation
  • the socio-economic consequences of soil degradation
  • Explain and evaluate the management strategies that have been used to control soil degradation
  • Research and suggest 3 other possible management strategies

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Written task: IB style questions: (email me your answers before the end of class)

  • Briefly state the different reasons for soil degradation between LEDCs and MEDCs. [5]
  • Write a thesis statement for these past paper question, including 3 arguments and a case study.
    • Examine the following statement: “Soil is a non-renewable resource” [15]
    • “Of all the environmental challenges we face, soil degradation is the most serious.”Discuss this statement. [15]