Surface Stoniness Class
|Title||Surface Stoniness Class|
Rock fragments on the surface of a soil or those protruding above ground have important effects on soil use and management. The limitations they impose are related to their number, size, and spacing at the surface.
The terminology that follows is further defined in the CanSIS Manual for Describing Soils in the Field.
|Classes||Stoniness: 7 classes. First used in DSS 1.0|
No stones or too few are present to interfere with cultivation (<0.01% of surface, stones more than 25 m apart).
Some stones are present that hinder cultivation slightly or not at all (0.01-0.1% of surface, stones 8-25 m apart).
Enough stones are present to cause some interference with cultivation (0.1-3% of surface, stones 1-8m apart).
There are sufficient stones to handicap cultivation seriously; some clearing is required (3-15% of surface, stones 0.5-1m apart).
The stones prevent cultivation until considerable clearing is done (15-50% of surface, stones 0.1-0.5m apart).
The land surface is too stony to permit cultivation; it is boulder or stone pavement (more than 50% of surface, stones less than 0.1m apart).