1. Create 3, 20 x 20 meter sites in which soil samples will be collected from.
2. Using the densiometer, transect each site and look up through the densiometer into the sky, calculating the percentage of covered area. To find the percentage, use the four divided sections to estimate what percentage is covered with plants.
3. Then, look down through the densiometer towards the ground and calculate the percentage of plants on the ground. To find the percentage, use the four divided sections to estimate what percentage is covered with plants.
4. Use the densiometer to record 5 measurements on each transect.
5. Retrieve three random samples of dirt of equal size from each site.
6. Test for manganese and ferric iron levels in the soil samples on the same collected day (One method to test is the LaMotte Method).
7. Repeat steps 3-8 for three days.
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