An incised floodplain soil. Normally dry through the profile due to drainage of the watertable, this one has been wetted up after rain.

An incised floodplain soil. Normally dry through the profile due to drainage of the watertable, this one has been wetted up after rain.

Tasty, tasty soil! Lovely, organic-rich, clay loam floodplain soil!

Tasty, tasty soil! Lovely, organic-rich, clay loam floodplain soil!

A perfect day in the field doing some hydraulic soil coring in the Central West Catchment of NSW.  Testing for total organic carbon and labile carbon amoings other things.

A perfect day in the field doing some hydraulic soil coring in the Central West Catchment of NSW.  Testing for total organic carbon and labile carbon amoings other things.

serpentinitic:

Can’t believe I haven’t posted this on here yet. What I live on. Vertisols always get me going. SHRINK SWELL

What ap are you using? 

serpentinitic:

Can’t believe I haven’t posted this on here yet. What I live on. Vertisols always get me going. SHRINK SWELL

What ap are you using? 

Top 10 Reasons Why ‘I Heart #Soil’

1. That life is soil. And soil is life.  

2. It is biologically diverse. One teaspoon of soil has 1 billion bacteria living in it. 

3. Soil is beautiful. I love the different horizons, colours, clays and layers.

4. It allows us to produce food.

5. It is mysterious; there is a lot we don’t know about soil. 

6. It cleans our water. 

7. It is complex. There are many chemical, biological and physical interactions in soil.

8. Every soil is different and unique. 

9. The feel of wet soil in my hands, and its rich smell of life, reminds me of being a kid. 

10. Soil supports our daily lives by providing us with the resources we need to live.

Why do you heart soil?

Alice is determining a better way of analysing labile (the most readily available) #soil #carbon in agricultural systems. 

Alice is determining a better way of analysing labile (the most readily available) #soil #carbon in agricultural systems. 

Analysing pH on my friends veggie garden #soil. pH can tell us a lot about soil nutrients, including what is more and less likely to be readily available to plants. 

Analysing pH on my friends veggie garden #soil. pH can tell us a lot about soil nutrients, including what is more and less likely to be readily available to plants. 

Undertaking microbial biomass carbon to understand: what is the community size of the microbes in my #soil? Soil is fumigated and then extracted, filtered and the liquid is then analysed. 

Undertaking microbial biomass carbon to understand: what is the community size of the microbes in my #soil? Soil is fumigated and then extracted, filtered and the liquid is then analysed. 

#Soil from an experiment laid out to dry before undertaking chemical analysis. 

#Soil from an experiment laid out to dry before undertaking chemical analysis.