Soil and water characteristics in a hypersaline playa lake developing highly reducing conditions plus field photographs

Published: 11 April 2023| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/5ycsnc7ypg.2
Carmen Castañeda,


These data belong to the research project AQUASALT, EraNET that in Spain has been supported by grant PCI2018-09299 funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/50110 0 011033 and co-funded by the European Union. The data corresponds to the Spanish study area, the Salineta inland saline wetland (41°28'55.34"N, 0° 9'23.59"W) located 60 km far from Zaragoza city, in one of the most arid areas of the Central Ebro Basin, NE Spain. In this project we studied the redox conditions of the hypersaline soils in Salineta playa-lake, which are subjected to intermittent flooding, along a period of 17 months, in 2019 and 2020. The dataset includes two Excel spreadsheets with the soil and water characteristics from samples obtained during wet (April) and dry (September) seasons in 2019, and at the end of the experiment, July 2020. The sampling was designed to characterize the soil and water in the context of the study of soil redox conditions using IRIS (Indicators of Reducing of Soils) devices. The selected sampling locations represent a gradient of water within the playa-lake: bare soil very frequently flooded (SAL-1); bare soil often flooded (SAL-2); and the plot colonized by annual and perennial halophytes (SAL-3). Soil data includes the main description of the soil layers per date in the three sampling plots, and their chemical and physical analytical data determined in the field and in the lab. We analyzed water from three different origins: i) surface water when present, ii) shallow groundwater from piezometers up to 80 cm depth, iii) suction probes installed at 20 and 40 cm depth, and iv) saturated paste extracts of soil samples. Photograph P1170434.jpg shows a view of the field setting of the experiment in 2019, April 17.



Estacion Experimental de Aula Dei, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Gobierno de Espana Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion


Wetlands, Soil, Salinity, Redox Process


Agencia Estatal de Investigación

PCI2018-09299 and PID2021-127170OB-I00 funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/50110 0 011033, the first co-funded by the European Union