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Activity 2.4 Soil Sleuthing Earth and Space Science. Your Name Enter Date. Learning Objectives: -characterize a local soil sample. -identify similarities and differences between local soil and Martian soil simulant. Student Objectives: -Analyze a local soil sample.

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Activity 2.4

Soil Sleuthing

Earth and Space Science

Your Name

Enter Date


Learning Objectives:

-characterize a local soil sample.

-identify similarities and differences between local soil and Martian soil simulant.

Student Objectives:

-Analyze a local soil sample.

-Compare and contrast local soil samples to Mars soil simulant.


National Standards:

Standard A: Science as Inquiry (Strand A.2.b)

Standard B: Physical Science (Strand B.1.a)

Standard D: Earth and Space Science

(Strands D.1.e, D.1.k, D.2.a, D.3.a)

Key Concepts:

Observation, Compare and Contrast,

Soil Composition, Soil Profiles, Interpreting Data,

Reaching Conclusions


Correlate with Local Standards


Host Researcher

Earth and Space Science

Vicky Hamilton, Ph.D.

Planetary Geologist

University of Hawai’i


What is soil?

-On Earth soil is a mixture of weathered rock, mineral fragments, organic matter, water and air.

-Soil development is a slow process that depends on underlying rock composition, climate, and other conditions


Why do we study soil on Mars?

  • Is this Mars?


Student Host Mitchell Graves in Death Valley, California


Let’s examine our soil sample

-Safety

-Tools

-Observations

-Data Table (SAB page 79 Activity Master 2.4A)


Earth and Mars Soil Comparison

  • Examine the soil samples and record your data


Observation Questions

1. What were some of the similarities?

2. What were some of the differences?

3. Did you see any signs of life in the soil samples?


Conclusions

What were some possible reasons that none of the local soil samples looked exactly alike?

2. Which one did you think was Martian Soil Simulant? How could you test your hypothesis?

3. What have you learned to help answer the big question?

How does soil on Earth compare to soil on Mars?


Adaptations and Enhancements

  • JASON Novel Connections

  • NASA Rover Studies

  • “Edible Soil”

  • Other Ideas!


Create an Assessment


Team JASON Online

  • The Martian History Mystery Digital Lab


Team JASON Online

  • Local Field Studies Digital Lab


Q & A


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