Instructional Video

Runoff and Infiltration: Surface Cover and Runoff

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Where did all the good topsoil go? Viewers use a visual presentation to learn how surface cover protects soil from water runoff. The video presenter shows the result of a rain shower by comparing freshly planted soil and another sample that has mature grass cover.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Supplement with additional videos from the same publisher to study different characteristics of soil
  • Recreate the experiment shown in the video with different types of surface cover to make comparisons
Classroom Considerations
  • Expects a solid understanding of the concept of water runoff
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Uses a demonstration to illustrate the science concept
  • Emphasizes scientific vocabulary throughout the video
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