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dc.descriptionCrop Productivity Before and After Sand Mine Reclamationen_US
dc.description.abstractSilica sand used in hydraulic fracturing has become increasingly in demand as more of the wells are opened. Western Wisconsin is one of the few places where the sand is found and as a result the number of sand mines has increased, which are then reclaimed to farmland. A family that is part of the Seven Sands Mine proposal was told that their farm would be more productive after the reclamation of the mine. This study took soil samples from areas with high, medium, and low crop yields located on the Seven Sands site. In order to make recommendations for the best soil type to aim for during the reclamation process, samples were tested for texture, nutrients, pH, bulk density, porosity, and water holding capacity. It was found that higher nutrient levels, a slightly acidic pH, and a low bulk density were all components of areas with a high crop yield. There was shown to be no significant difference in soil texture along the three yields. It is then proposed that a secondary study should be done which compares the crop yields from before the mining is started to crop yields after the reclamation is finished. The yields after the reclamation are predicted to be lower.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipCarthage College - Environmental Science Senior Thesisen_US
dc.subjectCrop Productivity Before and After Sand Mine Reclamationen_US
dc.titleCrop Productivity Before and After Sand Mine Reclamationen_US

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