Dakota Coteau Field Site NEON (DCFS) Soil Descriptions

Pedon Descriptions

Pit‐level observations and field measurements reported using the standard NRCS format. They contain volume estimates for coarse fragments > 20 mm where applicable.

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Site Level Plot Summary

A narrative summary that places the sampled soil pedons in the broader context of soils and geomorphology for the entire NEON site.

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D09 DCFS megapit soil profile 0-200 cm

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D09 DCFS megapit soil profile 0-30 cm

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D09 DCFS megapit soil profile 13-63 cm

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D09 DCFS megapit soil profile 50-105 cm

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D09 DCFS megapit soil profile 102-150 cm

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D09 DCFS megapit soil profile 144-175 cm

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D09 DCFS megapit soil profile 158-200 cm

Megapit Pedon Descriptions

Print Date Jul 22 2015
Description Date Sep 26 2012
Describer Lance Duey
Site ID 12ND093002
Pedon ID S2012ND093002
Lab Source ID KSSL
Lab Pedon # 13N0001
Soil Name as Described/Sampled Max
Taxon Kind series
Geomorphic Setting on backslope of till plain
Upslope Shape linear
Cross Slope Shape linear
Particle Size Control Section 25 to 100 cm.
Description origin Pedon PC 5.0
State North Dakota
County Stutsman
MLRA 53B -- Central Dark Brown Glaciated Plains
Std Latitude 47.1591900
Std Longitude -99.1125100
Primary Earth Cover Grass/herbaceous cover
Secondary Earth Cover Grassland rangeland
Parent Material fine loamy glacial till
Description database KSSL
Diagnostic Features mollic epipedon 0 to 26 cm.
cambic horizon 26 to 35 cm.
Slope (%) 8.0
Aspect (deg) 70
Drainage Class well
Horizon Details

A1--0 to 8 centimeters (0.0 to 3.1 inches); black (10YR 2/1) loam, very dark grayish brown (2.5Y 3/2), dry; 23 percent clay; strong coarse granular structure; mixed rock fragments; noneffervescent; clear smooth boundary. Lab sample # 13N00001

A2--8 to 18 centimeters (3.1 to 7.1 inches); black (10YR 2/1) loam, very dark grayish brown (2.5Y 3/2), dry; 23 percent clay; moderate fine subangular blocky structure; 1 percent 5 to 20-millimeter mixed rock fragments; noneffervescent; clear smooth boundary. Lab sample # 13N00002

A3--18 to 26 centimeters (7.1 to 10.2 inches); very dark grayish brown (10YR 3/2) loam, dark grayish brown (2.5Y 4/2), dry; 23 percent clay; weak fine subangular blocky structure; and ; 1 percent mixed rock fragments; noneffervescent; gradual smooth boundary. Lab sample # 13N00003

Bw--26 to 35 centimeters (10.2 to 13.8 inches); brown (10YR 4/3) clay loam, light olive brown (2.5Y 5/3), dry; 28 percent clay; moderate medium prismatic, and moderate medium subangular blocky structure; noneffervescent; gradual irregular boundary. Lab sample # 13N00004

Bk1--35 to 55 centimeters (13.8 to 21.7 inches); light olive brown (2.5Y 5/3) loam, light olive brown (2.5Y 5/4), dry; 26 percent clay; moderate coarse prismatic, and moderate medium subangular blocky structure; 15 percent medium threadlike 10YR 6/1) carbonate masses throughout; very slight effervescence; gradual wavy boundary. Lab sample # 13N00005

Bk2--55 to 92 centimeters (21.7 to 36.2 inches); light olive brown (2.5Y 5/4) fine sandy loam, light yellowish brown (2.5Y 6/4), dry; 25 percent clay; weak medium prismatic, and weak fine subangular blocky structure; 6 percent coarse threadlike 2.5Y 6/1) carbonate masses throughout and 6 percent medium threadlike 2.5Y 6/1) carbonate masses throughout; very slight effervescence; gradual wavy boundary. Lab sample # 13N00006

BC--92 to 110 centimeters (36.2 to 43.3 inches); light olive brown (2.5Y 5/3) loam, light yellowish brown (2.5Y 6/4), dry; 20 percent clay; moderate very coarse prismatic, and moderate medium subangular blocky structure; 3 percent fine 10YR 5/1) masses of reduced iron throughout and 3 percent medium 10YR 5/1) masses of reduced iron throughout and 5 percent medium 2.5Y 4/6) masses of oxidized iron throughout; 7 percent medium threadlike 10YR 6/1) carbonate masses throughout; very slight effervescence; gradual wavy boundary. Lab sample # 13N00007

C1--110 to 148 centimeters (43.3 to 58.3 inches); olive brown (2.5Y 4/4) loam, light olive brown (2.5Y 5/3), dry; 24 percent clay; moderate very coarse prismatic, and moderate medium subangular blocky structure; 3 percent fine 2.5Y 4/6) masses of oxidized iron throughout and 3 percent medium 2.5Y 4/6) masses of oxidized iron throughout and 5 percent fine 10YR 5/1) masses of reduced iron throughout and 5 percent medium 10YR 5/1) masses of reduced iron throughout; 4 percent medium threadlike 10YR 6/1) carbonate masses throughout; strong effervescence; gradual wavy boundary. Lab sample # 13N00008

C2--148 to 165 centimeters (58.3 to 65.0 inches); olive brown (2.5Y 4/3) loam, light yellowish brown (2.5Y 6/4), dry; 24 percent clay; moderate medium prismatic, and moderate fine subangular blocky structure; 2 percent fine 10YR 4/6) masses of oxidized iron; 2 percent medium threadlike 10YR 6/1) carbonate masses throughout; strong effervescence; gradual wavy boundary. Lab sample # 13N00009

C3--165 to 200 centimeters (65.0 to 78.7 inches); olive brown (2.5Y 4/4) clay loam, light olive brown (2.5Y 5/3), dry; 24 percent clay; massive; 4 percent 2.5Y 5/1) masses of reduced iron throughout and 4 percent 10YR 2/1) manganese masses throughout and 6 percent 10YR 4/6) masses of oxidized iron throughout; 1 percent medium threadlike 10YR 6/1) carbonate masses throughout; slight effervescence; gradual wavy boundary. Lab sample # 13N00010

Credits: This megapit soil pedon description was generously created by USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service staff, with particular thanks to Larry West, Jon Hempel, and numerous field staff.