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This is a series of hands-on activities comprised of fieldwork and lab work about the basics of soil science. Learners record soil context descriptions, measure soil moisture, describe soil color, structure, consistency, and texture and conduct tests for biomarkers and chemical analysis and pH. By measuring for themselves many of the properties scientists use to characterize soil samples, learners will be better prepared to interpret those properties as used in actual applications. The sample analysis experiments are similar to the types of experiments as NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. Includes teacher guide and student guide.