Soil Ph of Winthrop

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Winthrop University’s Successional
Plot’s Soil P.H.

Meredith Hamilton
Biology- Westover
September 30, 2011

The question of this study pertained to the amount of vegetation that was occurring on each of the succession plot’s ground floor. There are three successional plots in Winthrop University’s wooded areas, the oldest was created in 1989 the second was created in 1994 and the youngest plot was created in 1999. For the hypothesis to be tested, there were soil PH meters to test the amount of PH in each plot’s soil. The hypothesis was incorrect; there was not a significant difference in the means of the PH from the oldest plot compared to the youngest plot. Introduction

The definition of vegetation is plants considered collectively especially those found in a particular area or habitat. The amount of vegetation that occurs in soil depends on the type of habitat that the soil belongs to. Each habitat has inhibitors and prohibitions that affect the amount of vegetation that each plot of soil is capable of producing. Inhibitors of soil are plots that receive a decent amount of sunlight and precipitation; while prohibitors are soil erosion, temperature, lack of precipitation and P.H. Winthrop University’s research area is 325 acres; which includes a large wooded area, three successional plots, and 1.1 acre wetland area. The successional plots are 50 x 50 meters and each of the plots is five years apart in age. The oldest plot was originally created in 1989. In a previous study on the Chinese Loess Plateau to determine how physiochemical properties, microbial biomass, and enzyme activities changed the natural succession for abandoned farm land. The experiment involved aged and abandoned farmland from zero to fifty years old and the results were the PH was lower for the older farmland compared to the younger farmland.(Wang, Liu, Xue, Zhu, paragraph 1) Pertaining to the results of the past study, the objective of the study was to evaluate...
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