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This video demonstrates students locating and preparing a study site where they can conduct field observations. The procedure used when describing a soil profile is outlined. The properties of soil are described, including the structure, color, consistence, and texture, as well as the presence of roots, rocks and free carbonates. Safety precautions are stressed. The resource includes a video and a written transcript, and is supported by the Soil Characterization, Field Measurement Protocol in the GLOBE Teacher Guide. This is one of five videos about soils in the 24-part instructional video series describing scientific protocols used by GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment) a worldwide, hands-on, K-12 school-based science education program.