The ISRIC Soil Quiz has been running all of 2015, the International Year of Soils, and the winners of the three prizes have today been selected. The quiz consisted of 4 challenging questions, with the answers being ‘hidden’ along the walls and in the corners of the ISRIC World Soil Museum:
Who is considered as the founding father of soil science?
Hint: Have a look at the timeline on Global Soil Information. Correct answer: Vasily Dokuchaev (1846-1903)
Which of the following parameters are being used in the scientific description of soil colour (Munsell system): Shades of brown / Chroma / Reflectance / Value?
Hint: More than 1 correct answer is possible. Correct answer: Chroma and Value
What is the main cause of human-induced soil degradation in Africa?
Hint: Have a look at the Soil Atlas of Africa. Correct answer: Overgrazing
What do you think is the weight (in grams) of the piece of termite mound in the glass cabinet? No hint here, you have to make a guess! Correct answer: 1242 g
And these are our 3 lucky winners:
1st prize: Life-size laminated photograph of a soil monolith of own choice Maaike Zwier
2nd prize: A copy of the Soil Atlas of Africa Paulina Reimers
3rd prize”: Coffee/tea cup with ISRIC logo Leonardo Collier
We want to thank all participants for their effort, and we congratulate the winners!