Soil Sciences UHM Exam 1

  1. test answer
  2. Parent rock in general in composted of what?
  3. Origin of Ingneous rock
    Volcanic in origin
  4. When discussing parent rock, what is the definition of intrusive
    The magma cooled deep within the the earths suface, cooled slowly for years, produces large crystals, course textures, granite, diorite gabbro
  5. When discussing parent rock, what is the definition of extrusive?
    Charaterized by small crystals, finely textured, hyolite, andesite, basalt

    amophorphous rocks- obsidian, cooled instantly no noticable crystals. Tephra, porous rock
  6. When discussing part rock, how is sedimentary rock formed and from what? What is the parent rock for sand stone, shale and limestone?
    • It is weathered physically. It is the product of old rocks compacted or cemented to for sedimentary layers
    • Quartz is cemented to form sandstone
    • Clays compacted to form shale
    • Calcite is compacted to form limestone
  7. When discussing parent rock, define metamorphic rock. What does limestone metamorphesize into? sandstone? shale?
    Rocks that have changed due to forces generated when the continental plates shift/collide.

    • Limestone becomes marble
    • sandstone becomes quartzite
    • shale becomes slate
  8. Define what a primary mineral is and give four examples that deenik emphisized?
    • Building blocks of rocks. What makes up the structure of rock.
    • Quartz
    • Feldspars
    • mica
    • pyroxene
  9. Define secondary mineral? what process creates it? name four exaples deenik stressed.
    • It is what soil is made of. It has been transformed from a primary mineral through chemical weathering.
    • Carbonates
    • Gypsum
    • Oxides (Fe/Al)
    • silicate clay minerals
  10. What is the most common soil material worldwide?
    quartz, abundant in temperate regions
  11. When discussing diagnostic horizons, what is a Mollic and where is is it located, surface layer or subsurface layer?
    Has a mineral surface layer with dark color reflecting high organic matter, common in GRASSLANDS. Base saturations >50%, >25 cm in thickness
  12. When discussing diagnostic horizons, what is an Umbric and is it a surface or subsurface layer?
    same as mollic, mineral surface layer, dark colr, high organic matter. But it has a base saturation of <50%, found in areas of heavy rainfall and high leeching.
  13. When discussing diagnostic horizons, what is Orchric? Is it surface or subsurface layer?
    Pale in color, too low in organic matter or too thin to meet Mollic standards.
  14. When discussing diagnostic horizons, what is Malanic? and is it a surface or subsurface layer?
    Black, organic matter rich, >30 cm i thickness. Developed in VOLCANIC ASH. Low bulk density light and fluffy (andisol)
  15. When discussing diagnostic horizons , what is Histic? Is it a surface or subsurface layer?
    20-60 cm in thickness, pure organic material OVERLAYING A MINERIAL SOIL LAYER, no mineral in surface layer.
  16. When discussing diagnostic horizons, what is agillic and is it a surface or sub surface layer?
    a subsurface horizon where accumulation of high activity (fertile, high cation exchange) silicate clays, ie smectite.
  17. When discussing diagnostic horizons, what is Natric and is it a surface or subsurface horizon?
    • silicate clays accumulation with >15% Na (sodium)
    • Subsurface horizon
  18. When discussing diagnostic horizons, what is oxic and is it a surface or subsurface horizon?
    a subsurface layer where an accumulation of Fe and Al oxide, >50 cm think, intense weathering, common in humid Tropics
  19. When discussing diagnostic horizons, what is spodic and is it surface or subsurface?
    • Spodic has an illuvial horizon, where minerals accumulate and contain Al and Fe oxides.
    • Subsurface layer
  20. When discussing diagnostic horizons, what is albic and is it a surface or subsurface layer?
    Subsurface layer light in color sometimes even white in color. Eluvial horizon, low in Al and Fe oxides.
  21. When discussing diagnostic horizons, what is Kandic and is it a surface or subsurface layer?
    A subsurface layer with an accumulation of keolinite and Al/Fe oxides
  22. Whan discussing diagnostic horizons, what is cambic and is it a surface or subsurface layer?
    a Subsurface layer that is described as weakly developed
  23. Define Physical Weathering
    disintegration of rock materials into smaller sizes, ie white beaches in Makaha made of coral. Increases surface area. The more surface area a rock has, the more suseptable to chemical weathering.
  24. Define Chemical Weathering
    dissolution or alteration of primary minerals into secondary minerals. ie ORGANIC ACIDS
  25. When discussing chemical weathering, define hydration
    • when a water molecule binds to a mineral
    • 5Fe2O3 + 9H2O <-->Fe10O15 * 9H2O
    • Hematite <-->Ferrihydrate
  26. When discussing chemical weathering, define hydrolysis
    • When a water molecule split into H+ and OH- and the H+ replaces a cation from the mineral structure
    • KAlSi3O8 + H2O <--> HAlSi3O8 + K+ + OH-
    • K-Feldspar <--> Kaolinite
  27. When discussing chemical weathering, define Oxidation-reduction
    Minerals containing Fe, Mn, and S undergo oxidation/reduction reactions in the soil
  28. When discussing chemical weathering, define Complexation
    Soil biological processes produce organic acids which can form organic complexes with metal cations removing them from crystal structure.

    • K2[Si6A12]Al4O20(OH)4 + 6C2O4H2 + H2O<-->2K+ + 8OH- + 6C2O4Al + 6Si(OH)0
    • Muscovite + Oxalic Acid <--> Complex
  29. When discussing Chemical Weathering, define Dissolution
    Water can dissolve minerals by hydration of the cation and anion and then seperating them.

    • CaSO4 * 2H2O <--> Ca2+ + SO42- +4H2O
    • Gypsum
  30. When discussing Chemical Weathering, define acid reactions
    • Acids accelerate weathering by increasing H+ activity in water
    • Carbonation

    • (Mg, Fe)2Si O4 +4H+ <-->Mg2+ + Fe2+ + SiO2(aq) + 2H2O
    • Olivine
  31. Parent rock changes to ______ ________ by physical and chemical weathering.
    Parent material
  32. 1)_______ weathering dominates over _________weathering in the temperate regions of the world

    2)_______ weathering dominates over _________weathering in the tropics.
    • 1) Physical over chemical in temperate
    • 2)Chemical over physical in tropics
  33. 2 Dominate effects of physical waethering over chemical weathering
    • 1) decreases ion particle size
    • 2) increases surface area
  34. When parent rock weathers secondary minerals are formed, which become the _____ fraction in soils
  35. Name 5 elements which are formed from the chemical weathering process from parent rock to parent material which are made available to plants...Why are they available? What is the danger of these elements in the tropics?
    Chemical weathering produces Si, Na, K, Ca,Mn, Fe, Al and Mg. They are available because the chemical weathering process makes these elements soluable. Under certain conditions in the tropics these elements can become toxic ie Al toxicity
  36. WHAT ARE THE 4 SOIL FORMING Processes? Define each.
    • Additions-Inputs of materials into developing soils. Organic matter and dust. Also manure and ferts.
    • Losses-Meterials are lost from the soil profile through leaching to groundwater, erosion of the surface materials, or other forms of removal. Environmental factors
    • Translocation-Involve the movement of organic and inorganic materials laterally within the horizon or vertically from one horizon to the other. Water either percolating down with gravity or rising p through capilary action is the most common translocation agent.
    • Transformation-occur when soil constituents are chemically or physically modified. As primary minerals decompose, the decomposition products recombine into new materials that include additional types of silicate clays and hydrous oxides of Fe and Al.
  37. Name the 5 factors influencing soil formation and describe.
    Parent materials-geological or organic precursors to the soil

    Climate-primarily percipitation and temp

    Biota- living organisms, especially native vegetation, microbs, soil animals, and humans

    Topography- Slope, aspect, landscape position

    Time-the period of time since the parent material began to undergo soil formation.
  38. Define Colluvium
    debris made up of poorly sorted rock fragments detached from the heights above and carried downslope, mostly by gravity, assisted in some cases by frost action.
  39. Describe an A horizon
    the layers nearest the surface that are dominated by mineral particles but have been darked from the accumulation of organic matter.
  40. Describe a O horizon
    Only in undisturbed ecosystems like forests have a top layer of soil which consists of fallen leaves, plant and animal remains. These materials go through chemical and physical breakdowns and transformations. Older layers of this material, after no noticable plant structure is seen, make up the O horizon
  41. Describe an E horizon
    Intensely weathered and leached horizons that have not accumulated organic matter. usually just below the A horizon
  42. Describe the B horizon
    Underlaying layer where silicate clays, iron and aluminum oxides, gypsum, or calcium cabonate may accumulate. The accumulated materials have been washed down from above or are formed with in the B horizon.
  43. Describe a C horizon
    The least weathered horizon usually on bottom. Contains parent rock material.
  44. define illuviation
    Zone of accumulation of minerals and clays. HAPPENS IN B HORIZON
  45. Define Eluviation
    Zones of maximum leaching of clays , iron, and aluminum oxides. these zones are lighter in color. Rarely found in grasslands.
  46. When discussing Moisture regimes, define Aquic.
    Soil that is saturated with water and virtually free of gaseous oxygen for sufficient periods of time.
  47. When discussing soil moisture regimes, define udic and perudic.
    Udic-Soil moisture is high year round. Common in humid climates and make up 1/3 of soils worldwide.

    Perudic-extremely wet moisture regime with excess moisture that causes heavy leaching throughout the year.
  48. Whan discussing Moisture Regimes, define Ustic.
    Soil moisture intermediate,adiquate moisture for growth but signifigant periods of drought.
  49. When discussing Moisture regimes, define aridic and torric.
    aridic-Moist less than 90 days of the year. Usually in arid regions. very dry, not neccessarily hot.

    torric-Same as aridic but is hot and dry in summer.
  50. What are the three primary minerals found in Basalt? Which one is the pyroxene?
    • Augite *pyroxene
    • Calcium Plagioclase
    • Olivine
  51. What are the 3 primary minerals found in Granite?
    • Quartz
    • K-feldspar
    • Biotite
  52. Course weathered material in high in ________?

    Fine weathered material is high in ________ and _______?

    2) Fe and Mg
  53. Name the 5 lightly colored primary minerals listed in Deeniks graph.
    • Quartz
    • Orthoclase feldspar
    • Anorthoclase feldspar
    • Plagioclase feldspar
    • Nephilene
  54. Name the 5 secondary light colored minerals listed in Deeniks graph.
    • Calcite
    • gypsum
    • Keolanite
    • Gibbsite
    • Montmorillonite
  55. Name the three dark colored primary minerals listed in Deeniks graph.
    • Biotite
    • Olivine
    • Pyroxene
  56. These soils are usually associated with deciduous forests, are mildly acidic, and have a moderate to high fertility.
  57. This subsurface horizon is characterized by silicate clay accumulation with
  58. This subsurface horizon is an accumulation of high-activity silicate clays.
  59. Epipedons refer to the _________ horizons of soils.
  60. Place these temperature regimes in order from hottest to coldest: mesic, thermic, frigid, hyperthermic, cryic
    hyperthermic, thermic, mesic, frigid, cryic
  61. Place these moisture regimes in order from most wet to dryest: xeric, udic, torric, perudic, ustic
    perudic, udic, ustic, xeric, torric
  62. If a soil is described as "active" this refers to what?
    High cation exchange capacity (fertile)
  63. Each of these soils is usually associated with a specific environment:

    a) Spodosols _____________
    b) Mollisols______________
    c) Oxisols_______________
    • a) cool, wet coniferous forests
    • b) grasslands
    • c) tropical rainforests
  64. As temperature increases (as in tropical climates), chemical weathering _______________
    increases or is accelerated
  65. As precipitation increases, clay content generally _________
  66. As precipitation increases, pH generally ___________
    Decreases (higher acidity)
  67. As precipitation increases, CO3 content _____________
  68. As precipitation increases, oxide content ___________.
  69. These soils are found ONLY in tropical environments.
  70. Sesquic clays are high in __________________
    Fe and Al Oxides
  71. Under the absence of oxygen (such as in saturated soils) Iron will undergo ___________ instead of oxidization.
  72. What are the two most common secondary minerals in clays?
    Montmorillonite and Kaolinite
  73. Another rule of thumb...Do light or dark rocks weather faster and produce more fertile soils.
    Dark rocks
  74. A good rule of thumb, finely-textured rocks weather into ________ soils.
  75. The leaching of soil material from an upper horizon to lower horizon is _____________. The site that recieves this material is a site of ____________.
    Eluviation, Illuviation
  76. An imaginary 3D version of the soil profile is called the ____________
  77. Unless abused, soils are comprised of four basic components, name them.
    Minerals, OM, Air, Water
  78. True or False: Soils are a renewable resource.
  79. Which soil forming factor plays a major role in the huuuuuuge diversity of soils in Hawaii?
  80. Soils serve many different functions, name three.
    Medium for growth, recycling system, habitat for organisms, system for water supply and purification, a modifier of the atmosphere, engineering medium
  81. This subsurface horizon is characterized by the accumulation of Al and/or Fe oxide clays.
  82. This type of physical weathering is a result of extreme temperature fluxuations in a short period of time, usually from day to night. The outer layer of rock shrinks and swells at a greater rate than the core of the rock. Usually occurs in desert climates.
  83. This type of Igneous rock has cooled rapidly at the earth's surface, formed small crystals, is usually amorphous, and one resultant rock is Basalt.
  84. This type of Igneous rock cooled slowly over years, produces large crystals, and one resultant rock is Granite.
  85. This type of rock has been cemented or consolidated from physically weathered products of old rocks.
  86. These are rocks that have changed in form from other rocks as a result of extereme heat and/or pressure.
  87. In general, soils derived from basalt will be high in ____________(clay, silt, or sand)
  88. This type of sediment's mode of transport is gravity and usually consists of coarse, stony material mixed with fine material.
  89. Name the 6 dark colored secondary minerals listed in Deeniks graph.
    • Magnatite
    • Hematite
    • Ilmenite
    • Melilite
    • Chlorite
    • Limonite
  90. Define hypergellic
  91. define cryic
    fridged cold winters... thaws in spring or summer
  92. define mesic
    cold season 8-15 degrees C
  93. Thermic
    15-22 degress C mean annual temp
  94. define hyperthermic
    mean annual temp >22 degrees C
  95. define isohyperthermic
    tropical warm all year
  96. define entisol
    Ent – recent.Weakly developed mineral soils without natural genetic subsurface horizons. They usually have only an A and C horizon; the A horizon is related to influence of organic matter from vegetation. These are young soils.
  97. define inceptisols
    Soils with minimal ABC horizon development. The beginning inception of profile development is evident. Often occur on steep slopes.
  98. define andisols
    Soils formed from volcanic ash parent material. They are characterized by low bulk density, high water holding capacity (sometimes greater than 100%), and when weathered they have very high P fixation capacity. Their mineralogy is dominated by amorphous materials (i.e. allophane).
  99. define gelisols
    gel - cold young soils with permafrost.
  100. define histosols
    Hist – tissue. Organic soils with little profile development. Contain organic materials in more than half of the upper 80 cm of soil. Characterized by low bulk density and high water holding capacity.
  101. define aridisol
    arid – dry. Desert soils or soils characterized by water deficiency through most of the year
  102. define vertisol
    Vert – invert. Soils that shrink and swell (churn). High in montmorillonite. Crack when dry and swell close when wet cause
  103. define mollisols
    Mollis – soft. Rich soils with high organic matter content in the surface horizon (mollic epipedon) developed from grasslands. High humus content with high CEC and high base saturation. They cover more area in the continental U.S. than any other soil order.
  104. define alfisols
    Soils with argillic horizon (high-activity clay accumulation in the B horizon) with high base saturation and slightly acid. They are moderately leached soils.
  105. define ultisols
    Highly weathered soils with argillic horizon characterized by very low base saturation (<35%) and low pH.
  106. define spodosols
    Spodos – wood ash, grey color. Highly weathered soils of coniferous forests. Have an albic horizon (white because clay minerals leached out) overlying a spodic horizon characterized by accumulation of colloidal organic matter and precipitated Al and Fe oxides. Infertile soils.
  107. define oxisols
    Highly weathered soils of the humid tropics. Rich in Al and Fe oxides and characterized by low pH and low fertility. They have a deep oxic B horizon.
  108. what is a soil order
    describes main characterisitics of the soil type
  109. what does the sub order describe?
    moisture regime, temp regime, diagnostic horizons
  110. what does a great group describe?
    3 parts, adds info about horizons
  111. what does a sub group describe?
    determines if the central concept of soil order is dominant or not (two words)
  112. what does a soil family decribe?
    physical properties such as texture and chemical and clay mineralogy
  113. Names the weathering products of
    Olivine, pyroxine, biotite
    Clay minerals and iron oxides
  114. Weathering products of feldspar
    Clay minerals and Ca, K, Na ions
  115. define alluvial
  116. water born movement
  117. high percipitation = ______ weathering = _____ soils
    high percip = high weathering =acidic soils
  118. What effect does temp have on soil formation?
    speeds up organic and inorganic reactions when hotter, also breaks up rock due to exfoliation(shrinking swelling of rocks in hot/cold) (physical weathering)
  119. One example of vegetation effecting soil formation
    organic acids produced by lichens/mosses
  120. Good drainage = _______ weathering
  121. What effect does aspect have on soil formation
    where the soil is facing (ex. northwest) difference in heating and precip
  122. Name the 5 factors of soil formation
    • Parent Material
    • Climate
    • Biota
    • topography
    • Time
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  124. what is solum and where is it located
    most weathered part of the soil, all horizons but C
  125. what is regolith
    is the whole soil horizon from top to bottom (bedrock)
  126. define soil texture
    proportion of particles in different size ranges (silt, clay, sand)
  127. define soil structure
    How the particles are arranged/configured.
  128. define saprolyte
    soft friable weathered bedrock retains structure of rock but is porous. C horizon.
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