Something cooking

There is something cooking in the kitchen, and it is looking far from tasty!

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It is a nice mixture of hydrogen chloride and hydrogen peroxide, with a pinch of soil added for flavour. The boiling and simmering of this disgusting soup will remove all the organic material from the soil, leaving us with the pure basics: grains of sand, silk and clay.

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These, we analyze with the fancily named Grainsizer 2000, a laser-scanner for particles, that will tell us the soil texture of our samples. Important, as it will help us calibrate the soil moisture measurements from our ‘microclimate daggers’.

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These green daggers measure the soil moisture, yet their values will vary between different soil types. Our ‘kitchen crew’ is finding out how that looks!

As the grain size of a soil defines how much water it can hold, such a calibration excercise is critical to know what water is truly available in these soils we are looking at. A big job, but the team is on it!

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