Laser light scattering and geographic information systems: Advanced methods for soil particle size analysis and data display
AuthorBryant, Ross Becker, 1957-
AdvisorPost, Donald F.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractLaser light scattering (LLS) is an alternate method for determining soil particle size. Since the majority of information on particle size analysis has traditionally been derived from sedimentation methods, it is important to be able to draw a relationship between these two methods. Twenty four soil samples from a set of 214 samples analyzed by LLS were selected and also analyzed using sedimentation techniques. Particle size percentages were obtained in five different size ranges and then these two techniques were compared. Linear regression equations were developed that convert numbers obtained from the LLS method to a pipette analysis equivalent. This data was then utilized to eliminate the variation of soil moisture due to soil texture to obtain a moisture content independent of soil moisture. This "adjusted moisture" was displayed on a geographic information system to locate areas in the soil profile where soil moisture is relatively high. The high "adjusted moisture" contents occurred predominately below 2.44 meters (8 ft.) depths suggesting that the pre-irrigation applied to this soil reached this depth.