18 January, 2001
Andy, Allison and I stop our winding trek, setting the six containers of water down outside of a warming chamber site. The site consists of a grid marked out in the soil. This site is a 5 x 5 meter grid each consisting of 5 rows that are divided into 5 1x1 meter boxes. Ten inch iron nails have been set into the soil to mark all of the individual box corners. Out of the 25 boxes, 12 are covered with warming chambers and 13 are without chambers.
Allison and I start transferring 5.6 liters of water to one of the empty watering jugs also hauled from the helo pad. Andy then uses the watering jug to apply water to a specific plot that does not have a warming chamber. For every plot watered there is a plot, right next to it that is not watered. A comparison of the two plots is made over years. Andy explains to me that the water remains in the soil for only seven days. Even with the water present for such a short period of time the data indicates that the watered plots have a higher moisture content than the non-watered plots. Since the nematodes tend to be more active when the soils have a certain amount of moisture present, the higher moisture content of the soils could, in time, lead to shifts in biological activity within the soils.
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