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We hope you have enjoyed our
website. We would appreciate it if you would send us some information about your own local
soil. . Use the sample questions below and the
information provided in Activities to do your soil testing. Let us know your results. Please be sure to include your city and state as well as some general information about where the soil sample was taken. We would like to include your information to expand our site as time goes on. It would be interesting to compare soils from different locations. Here is our school mailing address and e-mail address. Thanks for any contributions you might send!
1407 Peartree Road
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
1) Where was your soil sample site?
What was growing on the site?
Was the ground level or sloped?
2) What color is the soil?
How does it smell?
How does it feel?
Are there different particle sizes? What is the largest? the smallest?
3) Put 250 ml (1 cup) of soil in a container. How much does it weigh?
Fill the container with water. How much does it weigh?
Calculate the weight of the water by subtracting. What is the volume of air in this soil sample? (1 gram of water displaces 1 milliliter of air)
4) Let the soil settle in the water. What are the components of your soil? Measure, draw, and/or describe the layers.