Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 386

Full Length Research Paper

Factor analysis of soil spatial variability in Akoko Region of Ondo State, Nigeria

Olorunlana, F.A.
  • Olorunlana, F.A.
  • Department of Geography and Planning Sciences, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 31 October 2014
  •  Accepted: 17 December 2014
  •  Published: 31 January 2015

Abstract

Variability in soil properties is a critical element across wide areas of researches especially in several aspects of agriculture and environment. The objective of this study was to examine the spatial variability of soil properties and factors contributing to the general pattern of variability in Akoko Region. Observations were carried out largely from sampling points and twenty soil samples were collected for laboratory analysis to determine the particle size fraction, soil pH, organic matter content, exchangeable potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, cation exchangeable capacity (CEC). The data were subjected to descriptive and factor analysis. The coefficient of variation ranged from 6.85 to 127%. The factor analysis revealed that the variability of the soil properties is mainly due to textural characteristics, chemical properties and organic matter.

Key words: Factor, analysis, spatial variation, soil properties.