The Critical Zone

Geology Activity



For this activity, I want you to begin writing a two-page report that you will continue working on in another activity in this lesson.


For this assignment, you will need to record your work on a word processing document. Your work must be submitted in Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) format so I can open it. In addition, documents must be double-spaced and typed in 12 point Times Roman font.


  1. Having read the materials listed on the previous page, think about their relevance to the Critical Zone and pedogenesis.
    • If all state factors of soil formation except a parent material (in this case, rock type) were held constant in a select locale, do you think similar or different soils would be developed on the different rock types?
    • Why?
  2. Save your document as either a Microsoft Word or PDF file in the following format:

    L8_geologydocument_AccessAccountID_LastName.doc (or .pdf).

    For example, student Elvis Aaron Presley's file would be named "L8_geologydocument_eap1_presley.doc"—this naming convention is important, as it will help me make sure I match each submission up with the right student!

  3. Continue with this lesson. You will continue this report in the activity on page 7 of this lesson.