Status of the Organic Soils in the Scioto Marsh, Hardin County, Ohio

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Title: Status of the Organic Soils in the Scioto Marsh, Hardin County, Ohio
Creators: Spongberg, Alison L.; Moebius, Elaine
Issue Date: 2006-12
Citation: The Ohio Journal of Science, v106, n5 (December, 2006), 181-185.
Abstract: Scioto Marsh in Hardin County, OH, was a 16,000-acre wetland area that was drained in the mid-1800s by channelizing the Scioto River to create farmland. The resulting soils are characterized by a thick, organic-rich A horizon that contributed to the productivity of the area. During the subsequent years, wind erosion and farming practices depleted this layer, causing the underlying B horizon to become incorporated into the till zone in many areas. This paper is a re-evaluation of the status of the A horizon, in lieu of recommendations thirty years ago on how to preserve the remaining productivity. Our study re-sampled sites from previous studies from the 1930s and 1970s. Comparisons of A-horizon thickness, organic carbon content, and bulk density indicate that the A horizon depletion has greatly diminished from its earlier pace. This is most likely due to more conservation farming practices incorporated in recent years.
Description: Author Institution: Dept of Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Author Institution: Dept of Geography & Planning, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
ISSN: 0030-0950
Rights: Reproduction of articles for non-commercial educational or research use granted without request if credit to The Ohio State University and The Ohio Academy of Science is given.
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