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The Dirty Facts of Soil

Student(s):Landon Henthorn Gavin Zheng
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
GLOBE Educator(s):Jaime Lyn Moss
Report Type(s):Standard Research Report
Protocols:Soil Characterization, Soil Fertility
Date Submitted:03/06/2024
We gathered and studied soil samples from Florida, New Jersey, Utah, and West Virginia. Farmers must study soil fertility because it is one of the most important soil characteristics when it comes to growing crops. We wanted to learn about this subject because we were curious under what conditions plants grew best. To further our knowledge on how soil affects plant development and growth we started by collecting soil samples and running various tests on them. Among these tests were fertility and composition. The results of these tests showed that soil from closer together did not substantially differ, however when the samples are from a further distance the composition and fertility. These findings do support our hypothesis and we would like to keep studying samples to find out the fertility and composition of other places around the United States or even other places around the world.