Soil Research

Argonne National Laboratory
Julie Jastrow, Project Manager

The Particles and Prairies pre-visit activities include a student activity entitled Soil Formation and Tests. This section contains the procedures and techniques used by soil expert Julie Jastrow of Argonne National Laboratory for collecting prairie soil cores, for processing soil aggregates and separating the roots. It is part of a research project in the early 90s to illustrate the difference between soils of native prairies and soil used for farming or soils dominated by foreign plants.

The Particles and Prairieís slides show her equipment, procedures and techniques, and the results of the research. Don't be intimidated by the technical terms in the graphs. You can access all slides by title only or look at the annotated slides by subject.