Blast from the past!

Now that we’ve finished all of the 2015 leaf litter samples and have our 2016 samples underway… we can work on soil samples again! We haven’t sorted roots in a long time.

Maria, one of our newest high school students, is working on a BEF 2015 soil sample.


After picking out the roots, they’re placed in a bowl of water to clean off soil.


Then, roots are sorted by size class. We use a caliper to measure the diameter of the roots.


This was a pretty big sample, so it’s going to take a couple more people to finish picking out roots.

Stay tuned to see what happens next time!

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