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Table 2 Mean soil geochemical properties, composition, and cell counts for each sampling location in the Atacama Desert

From: Colonization patterns of soil microbial communities in the Atacama Desert

Location pH Conductivity mS.cm-1 Ca mg.kg-1 S mg.kg-1 Na mg.kg-1 Sand % Silt % Clay % Texture TC % TOC % Cell count 103cells.g-1soil
KEV 7.4 2.3 34186.3 24470.4 1944.5 70 13.8 16.3 Sandy loam 0.08 <0.01 3.1 (±2.5)
BEA 7.6 1.7 21308.2 9015.2 3233.1 85 6 9 Loamy sand 0.04 <0.01 6.7 (±4.3)
AND 7.8 2 33525.9 25218.2 2248.9 76 8 16 Sandy loam 0.16 <0.01 2.7 (±2.3)
AC 7.7 0.86 27244.9 12822.1 2908.6 87 5 8 Loamy sand nd nd 511 (±10.1)
AL 8.9 <0.1 9631.5 3.2 3498.3 93 5 2 Sand nd nd 24.5 (±3.1)
CH 9.2 0.1 6013.7 20.3 2928.5 83 15 2 Loamy sand nd nd 101 (±12.8)
  1. nd: not determined; TC: total carbon; TOC: total organic carbon.