Description of soil ABMUSxs~~~N (MUSKEG)

General Characteristics
Classification T.M

Terric Mesisol

Profile Native soil profile

The soil is in native condition (undisturbed by agriculture).

Kind of material Organic

The soil material is primarily composed of organic particles.

Water table Always

The water table is always present in the soil.

Root restrictions No root restricting layer

The growth of plant roots is not restricted by any soil layer.

Type of root restricting layer n/a

Not Applicable

Drainage Very poorly drained

Water is removed from the soil so slowly that the water table remains at or on the surface for the greater part of the time the soil is not frozen. Excess water is present in the soil for the greater part of the time. Groundwater flow and subsurface flow are the major water sources. Precipitation is less important except where there is a perched water table with precipitation exceeding evapotranspiration. Soils have a wide range in available water storage capacity, texture, and depth, and are either Gleysolic or Organic.

Parent Materials
Mode of Deposition Texture Chemical properties
Uppermost Sphagnum Peat

These deposits consist of sphagnum or forest peat formed in an ombrotrophic environment caused by the slightly elevated nature of the bog. They tend to be disassociated from nutrient-rich ground water or surrounding mineral soils.



Medium Acid to Neutral

pH 5.6 - 7.4

Below Glaciofluvial

Material moved by glaciers and subsequently sorted and deposited by streams flowing from the melting ice. The deposits are stratified and may occur in the form of outwash plains, deltas, kames eskers, and kame terraces. See also glacial drift and till.

Very Coarse

Very Coarse (USDA Texture Classes: VCS,CS,S,GS,CBS).


Undifferentiated acidity and/or calcareousness

Soil Layer Characteristics
Classification Physical Chemical Water
Layer Number Upper
hzn_lit hzn_mas hzn_suf hzn_mod bd cofrag tsand tsilt tclay domsand vfsand orgcarb vonpost wood phca ph2 bases caco3 cec ec ksat kp0 kp10 kp33 kp1500
1 0 25 O f 0.06 0 -9 -9 -9 - -9 45.0 2 3 3.0 3.6 10 0 106 0 60.0 95 50 -9 15
2 25 80 O m 0.12 0 -9 -9 -9 - -9 40.0 5 3 4.0 4.6 40 0 172 0 3.0 90 65 -9 20
3 80 100 C g 1.55 2 85 10 5 M 19 0.0 -9 -9 7.0 7.3 99 2 12 0 30.0 42 -9 11 6