Kansas has been hot! Temperatures have peaked at over 90F every day since we arrived.
Our students have had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with 12 unique soils in 3 different landscapes.
On practice Day 1 (Monday), the team described 4 soils on the Buck Creek terrace (the oldest high terrace surface near the junction of the Kansas and Big Blue rivers) formed in loess and reworked loess:
|The team describing a Paleustoll formed in loess on a summit position.|
|An eroded Mollisol (which now classifies as a Haplustalf) on a 7% backslope formed in loess.|
On practice Day 2 (Tuesday), the team described 4 soils in glaciated uplands on the Brunkow Farm in northeastern Pottawatomie county:
|Glaciated landscape in northeastern Kansas|
|The team in deep discussion about parent material choices. Pictured (L-R near top of image): Autumn Boxum, Geneva Nunes, Harley Braun, Gabe Benitez, Will Effertz. Pictured (sitting top-bottom): Morgan Fabian, Devon Brodie, Matt Bluhm.|
On practice Day 3 (Wednesday), the team described 4 soils in the Flint Hills south of Manhattan, KS:
|Flint Hills high prairie summit position. This soil is formed in loess over limestone residuum.|
|An Argiustoll formed in colluvium over Permian mudstone residuum on a backslope.|
Tomorrow brings contest day. The team has made excellent progress in understanding Kansan soils and landscapes.
We are at one with our soil texture triangles.