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Exploring the soils of the Käsmu peninsula

Student(s):Ülle Anier, Aile Jaansalu, Nataliya Lobosok, Malle Mattisen, Renata Moistus, Bianka Pihla, Valentina Repina, Tatjana Sedova, Olga Zimina, Helle Vänzel, Reet Ööpik
Grade Level:graduate
GLOBE Educator(s):Eelika Kiil
Contributors:Johanna Raudsepp Laura Altin Hans-Kristjan Raid
Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report
Protocols:Biometry (including Tree Height), Bulk Density, Soil Characterization, Soil Particle Density, Soil Temperature
Presentation Poster: View Document
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Date Submitted:03/08/2023
Soils play a vital role in our global ecosystems. Soils affect the quality of our everyday life in more ways than we understand, and we should put much more emphasis on it. We can gather soil information from different geographic information systems, soil maps and handbooks. Still, the best way to acquire knowledge is to go outside and collect the data yourself. The fieldwork for this report was conducted during the GLOBE Regional Learning Expedition in 2022 at Käsmu, Estonia. To test the hypotheses of our work, we performed two soil excavations following GLOBE soil protocols. As a result, we characterised different soil types and confirmed our hypotheses. We found out that the soil and the vegetation on top of it are strongly correlated because changes in the vegetation indicated a change in the soil type. Finally, the grain size analysis confirmed that the grain sizes of the soil horizons differ from the entire soil sample. Keywords: soil, excavation, vegetation, grain size distribution