Title

An ecological study on the Coastal Regions of South Carolina to determine the cause of soil nutrient depletion based on the unique conditions and industry

School Name

Spring Valley High School

Grade Level

10th Grade

Presentation Topic

Environmental Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

Soil is defined as the loose upper layer of the Earth’s surface composed of rock, mineral particles, nutrients, and decayed organic matter that sustain complex ecosystems. However, the natural nutrients found in soil can easily be depleted through natural events such as climate change and human-caused events as a result of development and changes in economy. This ecological study was conducted on the coastal regions of South Carolina which include the coastal zone, inner coastal plain, and outer coastal plain to determine the main cause of soil nutrient depletion. This is important in an ever changing climate which heavily affects the agricultural industry as a result of changes in soil. To conduct the meta-analysis, data was derived from national databases regarding agricultural statistics. It was then analyzed using one way ANOVA tests to test for differences in means for each year of data, 2014-2016. It was hypothesized that the coastal zone of South Carolina would be most affected by soil deprivation due to proximity to the ocean, which brings in salt water and frequently floods the land causing the depletion of water-soluble nutrients. It was observed that during 2014 to 2016 the crops grown had diminished slightly, but, in some areas, had flourished greater than before. At α = 0.05, the p values were greater than alpha making data statistically insignificant. In conclusion, the hypothesis was rejected given that the null was not rejected and thus there was not enough information to support the claim or alternative hypothesis.

Location

Lassiter 220

Start Date

4-14-2018 9:45 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

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Apr 14th, 9:45 AM

An ecological study on the Coastal Regions of South Carolina to determine the cause of soil nutrient depletion based on the unique conditions and industry

Lassiter 220

Soil is defined as the loose upper layer of the Earth’s surface composed of rock, mineral particles, nutrients, and decayed organic matter that sustain complex ecosystems. However, the natural nutrients found in soil can easily be depleted through natural events such as climate change and human-caused events as a result of development and changes in economy. This ecological study was conducted on the coastal regions of South Carolina which include the coastal zone, inner coastal plain, and outer coastal plain to determine the main cause of soil nutrient depletion. This is important in an ever changing climate which heavily affects the agricultural industry as a result of changes in soil. To conduct the meta-analysis, data was derived from national databases regarding agricultural statistics. It was then analyzed using one way ANOVA tests to test for differences in means for each year of data, 2014-2016. It was hypothesized that the coastal zone of South Carolina would be most affected by soil deprivation due to proximity to the ocean, which brings in salt water and frequently floods the land causing the depletion of water-soluble nutrients. It was observed that during 2014 to 2016 the crops grown had diminished slightly, but, in some areas, had flourished greater than before. At α = 0.05, the p values were greater than alpha making data statistically insignificant. In conclusion, the hypothesis was rejected given that the null was not rejected and thus there was not enough information to support the claim or alternative hypothesis.