Soil data for a vegetation gradient located at Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Site, interior Alaska

Open-File Report 2016-1034
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Abstract

Boreal soils play an important role in the global carbon cycle owing to the large amount of carbon stored within this northern region. To understand how carbon and nitrogen storage varied among different ecosystems, a vegetation gradient was established in the Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site, located in interior Alaska. The ecosystems represented are a black spruce (Picea mariana)–feather moss (for example, Hylocomium sp.) forest ecosystem, a shrub-dominated ecosystem, a tussock-grass-dominated ecosystem, a sedge-dominated ecosystem, and a rich fen ecosystem. Here, we report the physical, chemical, and descriptive properties for the soil cores collected at these sites. These data have been used to calculate carbon and nitrogen accumulation rates on a long-term (decadal and century) basis (Manies and others, in press).

Suggested Citation

Manies, K.L., Harden, J.W., Fuller, C.C., Xu, Xiaomei, and McGeehin, J.P., 2016, Soil data for a vegetation gradient located at Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Site, interior Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1034, 10 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161034.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Site Description
  • Soil Sampling
  • Soil-Sample Preparation and Drying
  • Soil Laboratory Methods
  • Dataset Descriptions
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. Data File Descriptions

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Soil data for a vegetation gradient located at Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Site, interior Alaska
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2016-1034
DOI 10.3133/ofr20161034
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Volcano Science Center
Description Report: iv, 10 p.; Data Files
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y