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Garner Run and Shale Hills - Soil Gas, Soil Moisture (2015-2016)

Variables:  TIMESTAMP, RECORD, O2_30_Avg,O2_80_Avg,DiffVolt_1_Avg,DiffVolt_2_Avg,CO2_30_lo_Avg,CO2_30_hi_Avg,CO2_80_lo_Avg,CO2_80_hi_Avg

Standard Variables:  Carbon dioxide|Voltage|Oxygen|Recorder code

Date Range:  (2015-08-15 to 2016-12-01)

Dataset Creators/Authors:  Jason Kaye; Lillian Hill

Contact:  Dr. Jason Kaye, Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, 416 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, University Park, PA 16802, (814) 863-1614, Lillian Hill,, Former Graduate Student

Field Area:   Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory

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  • Description

    Shale and sandstone are the most common lithologies of the forested ridges throughout the Appalachian Mountains. The overall goal of this thesis was to determine whether these two rock types impart distinct biogeochemical properties to soils and plants. The effects of rock type (lithology) on soil gas concentration, nutrient concentration and nutrient limitation were studied in the Ridge and Valley province of central Pennsylvania. To increase understanding of lithological controls on soil gases (Chapter 1), we monitored the depth distribution of soil CO2 and O2 concentrations in central Pennsylvania in two watersheds on different lithologies. We deployed gas monitoring instrumentation on two catena transects that included four topographical positions, one located on sandstone and the other on shale. As expected, with increasing soil depth O2 concentrations decreased while pCO2 increased. CO2 and O2 concentrations varied more with topographical position than with lithology, as the valley floor positions in both catenas had the highest pCO2 for a given depth. Both manual sampling from gas access tubes throughout the soil profile and continuous sampling by buried sensors documented these patterns.
  • Keywords

    Soil Gas, CO2, O2, automated sensors, hand sampled, soil moisture, TDR

    XML Metadata

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

  • Citation for This Dataset

    The following acknowledgment should accompany any publication or citation of these data: Logistical support and/or data were provided by the NSF-supported Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory.

    Citation for This Webpage

    Jason Kaye; Lillian Hill (2016). "CZO Dataset: Garner Run and Shale Hills - Soil Gas, Soil Moisture (2015-2016)." Retrieved 23 Feb 2020, from


Garner Run and Shale Hills - Garner Run and Shale Hills 2015 and 2016 GroundHOG Data (Soil Gas and Soil Moisture)

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