About Us | Help Videos | Contact Us | Subscriptions
 

Members of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA: Due to system upgrades, your subscriptions in the digital library will be unavailable from May 15th to May 22nd. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please call our membership department at 608-273-8080.

 

Institutional Subscribers: Institutional subscription access will not be interrupted for existing subscribers who have access via IP authentication, though new subscriptions or changes will not be available during the upgrade period. For questions, please email us at: queries@dl.sciencesocieties.org or call Danielle Lynch: 608-268-4976.

Abstract

 

This article in SSSAJ

  1. Vol. 42 No. 6, p. 899-902
     
    Received: May 18, 1977
    Accepted: July 21, 1978


 View
 Download
 Alerts
 Permissions
Request Permissions
 Share

doi:10.2136/sssaj1978.03615995004200060013x

The Nitrogen-15 Abundance in a Wide Variety of Soils1

  1. Georgia Shearer,
  2. Daniel H. Kohl and
  3. Sen-Hsiung Chien2

Abstract

Abstract

One hundred thirty-nine soil samples from 20 states were analyzed for 15N abundance. Soil characteristics and environmental conditions at the sampling sites varied widely. The total N of surface soil samples had a mean δ15N value (per mill 15N excess) slightly but significantly higher than the mean value for soils collected from deeper layers, although the relationship between δ15N and soil depth was not consistent from location to location. Differences among mean δ15N values for the total N of soil samples collected from cropland, pasture, uncultivated land (with native herbs), and forest were not striking. There was no systematic effect of variation in the rate of application of N fertilizer on the δ15N of the total N of soils. The mean δ15N value of surface soils, with respect to atmospheric N, was +9.22 and the standard deviation was 2.10 δ15N units. The range within which 90% of the samples fell was +5.1 to +12.3 δ15N units. Less than half of the variation among the soils in δ15N of the total N could be accounted for by differences in environmental variables or soil characteristics.

  Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.

Copyright © . Soil Science Society of America