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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Soil Disturbance by the Emergence of Periodical Cicadas


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  1. Vol. 53 No. 1, p. 310-313
    Received: Feb 9, 1988

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  1. J. O. Luken  and
  2. P. J. Kalisz
  1. Dep. of Biological Sciences, Northern Kentucky Univ., Highland Heights, KY 41076
    Dep. of Forestry, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0073



Soil disturbance by animals is an important feature of soil genesis. This study evaluated the impact of cicada (Magicicada spp.) nymph emergence on soil redistribution in northern Kentucky forests. The excavation of burrows and the construction of turrets at burrow openings were the primary activities causing soil movement. The number of turrets ranged from 40 to 170 m−2, and quantity of soil deposited on the ground surface ranged from 626 to 2330 g m−2. Turret soil material came primarily from the A horizon. Nutrient concentrations in turret soil were significantly less than concentrations in the upper 5 cm of soil, except for P. Most cicada feeding cells were located in the AB horizon at depths of 7 to 36 cm.

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