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Calhoun 70m deep well - Soil Geochemistry (2010)

Geochemical analysis summary table for samples collected during drilling of 70m deep borehole.

Variables:  horizon, depth (m), bulk density (g/cm3), clay (%), sand(%), pH, C (%), effective cation exchange capacity (cmol/kg), effective base saturation (%), total Zr (mg/g), total Ca (mg/g), total Al (mg/g), total Fe (mg/g), hhe Fe (mg/g), total 9Be (ug/g), hhe 9Be (ug/g), 10Be (10^8 atm/g), strain

Standard Variables:  Beryllium-10|Bulk density|Chlorophyll c|Clay|Depth, soil|Base saturation|Cation exchange capacity (CEC)|Iron|Soil horizon|pH|Sand|Aluminum|Calcium, total|Zirconium

Date Range:  (2010-11-17 to 2010-11-18. Samples collected during a single event, the drilling of 70m deep borehole.)

Dataset Creators/Authors:  Bacon, Allan R; Richter, Daniel deB.; Bierman, Paul R.; Rood, Dylan H.

Contact:  Allan Bacon, School of Forest Resources & Conservation, University of Florida.

Field Area:   Calhoun Long-Term Soil-Ecosystem Plots and Reference Areas

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  • Description

    Geochemical analysis summary table for samples collected during drilling of 70m deep borehole. On 17-18 November 2010 a 70-m deep borehole was drilled at the Calhoun Long Term Soil Experiment site to examine soil properties down to the bedrock. These results were published as Table 1 in Bacon et al. 2012.

    We sampled a residual soil, classified as Oxyaquic Kanhapludult of the Cataula series, and underlying granite gneiss on a broad interfluve with <2% slope near Cross Keys, South Carolina (34°36'23.59''N, 81°43'24.82''W; Fig. DR1 in the GSA Data Repository1). Contemporary forest vegetation (primarily Quercus spp. and Carya spp.), aerial photography dating back to 1938 (Richter and Markewitz, 2001), and the thick coarse-textured surface horizons (Table 1) suggest that the Ultisol has been minimally affected by European agriculture.

    We collected 3 continuous cores (10 m apart), each to a depth of 6.1 m, and collected deeper samples from a single point 30 m away. Saprolite from 6.1–18.3 m was sampled with a three-wing auger bit, and unweathered granite gneiss, contacted at 30.5 m, was sampled to 67.1 m with a roller-cone bit. We separated samples by horizon and depth, and air-dried all samples. We sieved soil and/or saprolite with a 2 mm screen, and found coarse fragments in only 8 of the 52 samples. By volume, these fragments composed 1%–11% (mean = 7%) of the 8 samples, and were removed from our analysis. We measured total elemental concentrations of all samples by inductively coupled plasma–atomic emission spectroscopy or flame atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) after LiBO2 fusion, and measured texture, pH in 0.01 M CaCl2, total carbon (C), exchangeable base cations (Ca, Mg, K, and Na), and exchangeable acidity on all soil and/or saprolite samples (Carter, 1993; Dane and Topp, 2002; Sparks, 2002).

    We composited (by horizon) across the continuous cores, extracted the composited samples and samples from 6.1–18.3 m with hydroxylamine hydrochloride (1 M NH2OH·HCl in 1 M HCl; Wiederhold et al., 2007), and measured Be and Fe in solution by furnace and flame AAS, respectively. By complete dissolution of oxide minerals at low pH, hydroxylamine hydrochloride extractable (hhe) metals are an operationally defined pool that have been weathered from primary minerals and retained in the soil, and in our analyses are akin to the familiar dithionite citrate bicarbonate extractable metals (Fig. DR2) popularized by Mehra and Jackson (1958). We further composited these samples across horizons (Table 1), isolated meteoric 10Be with a method modified from Stone (1998), and measured 10Be/9Be isotopic ratios by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS; see the Data Repository).
    The Critical Zone Exploration Network (CZEN) (National Science Foundation grants EAR-0632516 and EAR-0819857) and the U.S. Department of Energy (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, contract DE-AC52-07NA27344) supported this work.
  • Keywords

    soil geochemistry, calhoun, deep core

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    XML is in ISO-19115 geographic metadata format, compatible with ESRI Geoportal Server.

  • Citation for This Dataset

    Bacon, Allan R; Richter, Daniel deB, Bierman, Paul R.; Rood, Dylan H. (2012) Coupling meteoric 10Be with pedogenic losses of 9Be to improve soil residence time estimates on an ancient North American interfluve. Geology 40 (9): 847-850, doi: 10.1130/G33449.

    Citation for This Webpage

    Bacon, Allan R; Richter, Daniel deB.; Bierman, Paul R.; Rood, Dylan H. (2010). "CZO Dataset: Calhoun 70m deep well - Soil Geochemistry (2010)." Retrieved 08 Dec 2019, from

  • Publications

    Primary Publications


    Coupling meteoric 10Be with pedogenic losses of 9Be to improve soil residence time estimates on an ancient North American interfluve. Bacon, Allan R., Daniel deB. Richter, Paul R. Bierman, and Dylan H. Rood (2012): Geology 40 (9): 847–850

  • Acknowledgements


    National Science Foundation EAR-0632516
    National Science Foundation EAR-0819857
    U.S. Department of Energy DE-AC52-07NA27344


Calhoun 70m deep well - Physical and chemical properties of the southern Piedmont Ultisol

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