SOIL ANALYSIS LAB
"Its a Small World After All"
Title: Soil Analysis in Sparse and Diverse Ecosystems
measure the differences between the soil in sparse and diverse ecosystems.
Diverse Soil Texture
Soil Type= Sandy Clay Loam
Sparse Soil Texture
Soil Type= Clay Loam
Soil Nutrients/ pH
Low- <30 lb/A
Low 40 lb/A
Low- 40 lbs/A
High 160 lbs/A
Overall Comparative Analysis:
Overall the sparse
had less nutrients than the diverse soil soil. The ph was the same for both samples.
This could because “some possible sources of error in the experiment are that the soil was left uncovered
and it is possible that organic/inorganic material was added or lost. Even pH could be affected by
moisture in the room. Also, results could be tainted by how well the soil sample settled. he dividing line
between the sand, silt, and clay was not distinct.
Therefore the percentages of sand, silt, and clay are very
The capsules containing the chemicals in the soil test kit were hard to open carefully.
As a result, not all of the powder made it into the container.” (Question 9).
The sparse soil had more silt, less clay, and less sand percentage than the diverse soil.