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Experiment 1



Will different soils hold different amounts of water?



loam, clay, sand, 9 small dishes or jar lids, 4 tablespoons, water 



1. Using a different spoon for each type of soil, place 8 tsp. of loam in one dish, 8 tsp. of clay in a second dish, and 8 tsp. of sand in third dish. Image of three soil type samples on plates with water being added into depressions

2. Make a hole (depression) in the center of each pile.

3. Using the remaining spoon pour 4 spoonfuls of water into each hole. Observe what happens.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 two more times.



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