546-0214/04 – Pedology (PEDN)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Environmental EngineeringCredits5
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Jiří Kupka, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Konstantin Raclavský, CSc.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction1990/1991Year of cancellation2008/2009
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesMaster
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
RAC34 prof. Ing. Konstantin Raclavský, CSc.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Part-time Credit and Examination 20+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The course provides basic information on pedology (soil science). After completing it, the student is fully aware of the complex nature of the soil environment and multidisciplinarity in its study. The student is able to characterize the basic parameters of soil from a physical, chemical, physico-chemical, biochemical and biological point of view. The student understands the connection between natural conditions and soil conditions in the Czech Republic, which can characterize and is fully aware of why it is important to protect the soil.

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs


The content of the course will be designed so that the content of all chapters included in it is explained on the basis of specific examples related to the issue of environmental protection in industry and explaining this issue. The study focuses on soil as a part of ecosystems and a component of the environment. Attention is paid to the issue of agricultural, forest and urban soils. As a basis for understanding soil processes, soil properties are studied from various perspectives (physical, chemical, physico-chemical, biochemical and biological). Attention is also paid to the characteristics of soils in the Czech Republic. The soil classification is based on the international classification of soils.

Compulsory literature:

WHITE, R. E. Principles and Practice of Soil. Science The Soil As a Natural Resource. Maldon: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. 376 p. ISBN 978-0-632-06455-7

Recommended literature:

BRADY, N. C., WEIL, R.R.: The nature and properties of soils. Boston (USA): Pearson, 2016, 1104 p. ISBN-13: 978-0133254488

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Přednášky: Pedologie – její postavení, vývoj a úkoly. Půda a její charakteristiky. Zvětrávací procesy. Půdotvorné procesy. Minerální fáze v půdách. Přírodní organické látky v půdách. Fyzikální vlastnosti půd. Chamické vlastnosti půd. Sorpční vlastnosti půd. Půdní voda. Biologické vlastnosti půd. Edafon. Humus, procesy humifikace. Diagnostické půdní horizonty. Klasifikace půd – základní principy, používané systémy. Fluvisoly. Organosoly. Kambisoly. Luvisoly. Podzoly. Gleje. Rankery. Rendziny. Regosoly. Horizontální a vertikální zonálnost půd. Půdní katéna. Vzorkování půd a terénní průzkum půd. Analýzy půd. Mapové podklady v pedologii. Paleopedologie. Fosilní půdy. Cvičení: Specifická hmotnost zeminy. Acidobazická reakce. Hydrolitická acidita. Pufrační schopnost půd. Stanovení pohyblivého hliníku. Alkalita zemin. Stanovení chloridů. Sorpční vlastnosti zemin.

Conditions for subject completion

Part-time form (validity from: 1960/1961 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Exercises evaluation and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (145) 51
        Examination Examination 100  0
        Exercises evaluation Credit 45  0
Mandatory attendence parzicipation:

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2004/2005 (M2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904T005) Environmental Engineering K Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan
2003/2004 (M2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904T005) Environmental Engineering K Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan

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