Biota Found in Soil Biota Distribution Experiment

Summary

Abstract: 

  Investigation of the variation in soil biota and soil properties across the McMurdo Dry Valleys was part of the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project.  The number of soil organisms (nematodes, rotifers and tardigrades), divided by species, sex and maturity was monitored at sampling sites throughout the region in order to accomplish this.
    
The study began in the austral summer of 1993/1994. Samples were taken on:
    
    * December 31, 1993
    * January 3, 8, 10 and 13, 1994,
    * December 12 and 22, 1994,
    * January 6 and 9, 1995,
    * November 27, 1995,
    * December 5, 7 and 10, 1995, and
    * January 12, 1998. 
 

Date Range: 

Friday, December 31, 1993 to Thursday, December 31, 1998
Comma delimited file containing the gswo data described here
Download gswo.csv (758.48 KB)

Variables: 

LOCATION
  • Label:
  • Definition: Name of area where measurement was made
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
DATE
  • Label:
  • Definition: Date on which sample was gathered
  • Type: Date/time
  • Date format: mm/dd/yy
  • Missing values:
    • Required entry = None given
SAMPLE#
  • Label:
  • Definition: Sample ID
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
TYPE OF ORGANISM
  • Label:
  • Definition: Family associated with organism
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
SPECIES
  • Label:
  • Definition: Species found in soil
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
SEX
  • Label:
  • Definition: Gender of organism (male vs. female)
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
LIVE / DEAD / COMBINED
  • Label:
  • Definition: Survival Status (living, dead, or both)
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
ADULT / JUVENILE / COMBINED
  • Label:
  • Definition: Maturity (adult, juvenile, or both)
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
TOTAL (#/KG DRY SOIL)
  • Label:
  • Definition: Number of organisms found in that category
  • Type: Physical quantity
  • Unit: #/KG DRY SOIL
  • Maximum: Not specified
  • Minimum: Not specified
  • Precision: Not specified
  • Missing values: None specified
COMMENTS
  • Label:
  • Definition: Helpful hints about the sample
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified
FILE NAME
  • Label:
  • Definition: Name of file in which data was stored
  • Type: Nominal
  • Missing values: None specified

DOI: 

10.6073/pasta/2157f0922b005b11688cacdfa487db8e

Short name: 

knb-lter-mcm.0236.1

Data set ID: 

236
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