2 Objectives Understand what soil is and how it is created Describe soil layers and how they differDiscuss how plants depend on soils for growthList five soil forming factorsDescribe how soils developWhat are soil horizonsList soil componentsWhat creates soil textureIdentify the chemical properties of soilUse the soil texture triangle to name soilDescribe soil particle sizesDiscuss how iron and organic material influence the color of some soilsIdentify the pH of neutral, acidic, and alkaline soilDiscuss the effect of organic material on soilName three ways soils are classified
5 What is soil?Soil is a collection of natural bodies of earth’s surface, in places modified or even made by man or earthy materials, containing living matter and supporting or capable of supporting plants outdoors.
6 Physical properties of soil CompositionWhat is the 5% organic composition made of?What is the 45% mineral composition made of?Soil microbes make a small portion of theorganic make up. For example wormsTextureSand >>>>>>>large>>>>>>roughSilt>>>>>>>>medium>>>>mediumClay>>>>>>>small>>>>>>fine/softSoil texture is measured by size of soil particlesSoil texture determines the amount and size of spaces between soil particles. This controls how quickly water moves through the soil profile and how much water the soil holds.
7 Soil Texture TriangleThe soil texture triangle is used to determine the textural name of a soil by mechanical analysis.Measures the percentage of sand, silt, and clay present in soil.Once percentages have been found, these amounts are plotted on the triangle.This is done by projecting lines inward from the point on each side of the triangle, which represents the percentage of that particular type of soil.
8 Physical Properties continued Structure: refers to the arrangement of soil particles.GranularPlatyWedgeColumnarThe best soil structure is high in proportion of medium sized aggregates and a significant number of large pores through which water and air can move.Structure is important in both A and B horizons
9 Physical Properties continued Bulk density: the dry weight of the soil divided by soil volume.This is used to calculate the amount of density between the dried soil weight and the volume of the soil when pores were present.Finer texture soils have a smaller bulk density.Coarse textured soils have a high bulk density.Bulk density influences engineering properties, water movement, rooting depth of plants, and many other physical limitiations.
10 Physical Properties continued Soil Depth: Total depth of topsoil subsoil, and parent material.This allows for root growth to occur.Soil depth will affect the yield of crop productionFor example a plant that enjoys deep soils to set large long roots, would not grow well in shallow soilSoil Color: helps in recognizing the different soil types but color is also an indicator of certain physical and chemical characteristics.Color is due to two factorsHumus content (organic matter)Chemical nature of iron compounds present in soil
11 Physical Properties continued Water holding capacity:Larger the pore space the less water the soil holdsSmaller the pore space the more water the soil holds
12 Soil ProfileRefers to the arrangement and properties of the various soil layers.Layers are horizontal and formed during the development of the soil.TopsoilSurface or very top layer. This may be a few inches or a few feet.Very dark with organic matterSubsoilJust under topsoilLighter in color and nutrient valueParent MaterialLower layer.Layer in which the sub and top soil develop from.Broken into Horizons
13 Soil textureProcedureChecking of soil texture is done by Hydrometer method or Pipette method. For a huge lawn gather samples at equally spaced gaps in the area. Then mix these to form a composite sample. For accurate analysis rake up a couple of inches and make a hole six inches in depth. This enables us to check the soil from the root area rather than the surface. Free the sample of rocks and debris and make it dry in a day or two. Then sift the sample by using a wire- mesh or an old colander to separate small stones and roots and to break lumps of soil if present. Now take a cupful of the sifted soil in a jar and add to it a tablespoon of powdered detergent to keep the soil particles separate to achieve an accurate checking. Add water and mix these three materials completely. Ensure that no soil gets attached to the sides of the jar. Let the sediment settle. During sedimentation it is observed that sand settles the first, followed by silt and clay needs a couple of days. The layer of sand has a coarse texture than the silt. The layer of clay is the finest. Now measure the height of each layer with a ruler. Divide height of each layer multiplied by 100, by the total height of all three layers to get the percent of each layer. Now transfer your percentages to the soil texture triangle and deduce the soil texture.
17 Organic matterSoil organic matter consists of plant and animal residues in various stages of decay.Adequate levels benefit soil in four waysImproves physical condition and structureIncrease water infiltrationDecreases erosion lossesSupplies plant nutrientsOrganic matter contains up to 5% of Nitrogen
18 Chemical Properties Soil pH Is based on the amount of hydrogen ions present in the soil.Soils will either beAcidic: pH less than 7.0 (more H+)Neutral: at 7.0Alkaline: pH more than 7.0 (more hydroxyl OH-)AcidicAlkalineWe have the ability to change the color of certain flowers by manipulating the pH of the soil.
19 Entry TaskHow do you detect nitrogen deficiency in a plant?
20 Essential nutrients16 chemical elements have been found to be needed for plants to grow and mature properly.These 16 elements are considered the Essential Plant NutrientsNonmineral: Carbon, Hydrogen, OxygenPrimary: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, PotassiumSecondary Mineral: Calcium, Magnesium, SulfurMicronutrient: Boron, Chlorine, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Moylbdenum, ZincWhen these nutrients are deficient the plant will express specific symptoms
21 Nitrogen One of the earths most abundant and mobile nutrients. Part of every single plant cell.N is vital for photosynthesis to occur. When plants don’t have N their leaves lose their normal green color and turn yellow.This occurs in the lower leaves first.N comes in three different forms, but only one form can be taken into a plant Nitrate (NO-3)Nitrification is the process of bacteria converting ammonium nitrogen into nitrate, the usable form of N.
22 What happens to N in the soil? Taken in by a plantLeaching: Moves through the soil profile and is taken out of soil horizonsErosion: N is lost through erosion in association with either water or sediment.Denitrification: When soils become saturated with water, air is removed from soil pores. Without O bacteria increase and more N is lost to the atmosphere.Volatilization: Loss of N into the air
24 Nitrogen fixation is the process whereby elemental nitrogen is removed from the atmosphere by soil bacteria called rhizobia.These bacteria live in the nodules on roots of legume plants such as alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, and vetch.Organic matter is composed of decomposed plants in the soil.The amount of N available to the plant depends on the carbon:nitrogen ratio of the decaying material.
25 Phosphorus and potassium Very immobile in the soil.Many plants respond to phosphorus being placed near the roots or the seed.PotassiumIs second to N in the amounts used by plants.Not much leaching occurs
26 How does pH levels affect soil composition and plant health? What is inorganic fertilizer?Which is more effective organic or inorganic fertilizer?How can you tell if a plant is experiencing a lack of Potassium?How can you tell if a plant is experiencing a lack of Phosphorus?How can you increase and decrease the soil pH?
29 How soils are madeSoils are created through a variety of processes and over long periods of time.Heating and coolingWater and windPedology is the study of soil formation, also known as soil genesis and soil classification and mapping.Not all soils can be dug up and studied…..instead soils are studied in small segments called Pedons.Pedons : 1x1 meter
30 What do these questions have in common Entry TaskWhat do these questions have in commonWhere is the best place to build a building?What types of crops will grow best in a particular field?Will the basement of a house flood when it rains?How can the quality of the groundwater in the area be improved?
31 Soils develop on top of Earth's land surface as a thin layer, known as the pedosphere Soils hold nutrients and water for plants and animalsChange the chemistry of waterChanges the amount of recharge that reaches groundwater or what returns to the atmosphere to form rain. How does soil have this ability?Provides the ability to have paper, buildings, and clothing.Affect air temperature.
32 5 Soil Forming FactorsParent Material: material from which the soil was formed. Generally deposited by wind, water, glaciers, volcanoes, or gravityClimate: Heat, rain, ice, snow, wind, sunshine break down parent material. Also affects organic break down.Organisms: Soil is often home to many microorganisms. These organisms help in the process of decomposition.Topography: Affects how much water a soil will retain.Time: the amount of time that the other 4 factors have been interacting with each other affects the physical properties of soil
33 Gelisols Alfisols Histosols Inceptisols Mollisols Spodosols Entisols These are various soil classifications. Research these soil types and make a poster that represents the data. Ideas….what its composed of, what can be grown on it, where is it located, color, texture, how it was made, soil profile picture, map of locationGelisols Alfisols Histosols Inceptisols Mollisols SpodosolsEntisolsOxisolsUltisolsVertisolsAridisolsAndisols
34 QuestionsWhat are some key factors that influence the composition of soils around the world?From studying these images, can you infer some of the processes that have formed particular soil profiles?What are some of the characteristics of soils in the United States and how do these relate to the kinds of vegetation occurring on them?Why is it important to know the soil structure of a particular area? Give several reasons.What types of soil are in your area?
35 Entry TaskWhat physical characteristics do scientist use to classify soil profiles
36 Soil classificationWhich soil is primarily located in Northern South America and the middle section of Africa?Which soil type can grow rice and cocoa?Which soil is used for cultivated field crops?Which soil is composed of silicate and organic matter?Which soil is a black or dark brown color because of organic material located in the upper layer?Which soil has a high content of iron and clay?Which soil is sparsely located around the world?Which soil is formed by volcanic ash?
37 Soil ClassificationWhich soil is predominantly located in northern parts of Russia and North America?Which soils are mostly located in the Pacific Northwest?Which soil has parent material deposited by volcanic ash?Which soil profile contains an eluvial horizon?Which soil has a large deposit located in the northern region of South America?Which soils were formed by weathering processes that stripped organic matter combined with aluminum?Which soils are composed of quartz, kaolin, clay, and OM?Which soil is the texture of clay?Which soil has parent material deposited by glaciers?Which soil classification can grow tall blue stem, indian corn, soybean, and grass?