Mountain Lake Biological Station NEON (MLBS) 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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D07 MLBS megapit soil profile 0-150 cm

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D07 MLBS megapit soil profile 0-11 cm

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D07 MLBS megapit soil profile 2-39 cm

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D07 MLBS megapit soil profile 30-51 cm

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D07 MLBS megapit soil profile 40-102 cm

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D07 MLBS megapit soil profile 98-150 cm

Megapit Pedon Description

Print Date Jul 22 2015
Description Date Dec 2 2013
Describer R. Pate and J.C. Freyman
Site ID S201351071001
Pedon ID S2013VA071001
Lab Source ID KSSL
Lab Pedon # 14N0249
Soil Name as Described/Sampled SND
Classification Coarse-loamy, siliceous, semiactive, frigid Fluvaquents
Pedon Type undefined observation
Pedon Purpose research site
Taxon Kind family
Geomorphic Setting ridge
Description origin NASIS
Quad Name Interior, Virginia
Latitude 37 degrees 22 minutes 40.20 seconds north
Longitude 80 degrees 31 minutes 27.30 seconds west
Datum NAD83
Existing Vegetation eastern white pine, hemlock, mountain laurel, northern red oak, pitch pine, red maple, striped maple, white oak
Description database KSSL
Horizon Details

Oi--0 to 5 centimeters (0.0 to 2.0 inches); slightly decomposed plant material; 0 percent unspecified fragments; abrupt smooth boundary. Lab sample # 14N00748

Oe--5 to 8 centimeters (2.0 to 3.1 inches); moderately decomposed plant material; very fine roots; 0 percent unspecified fragments; abrupt smooth boundary. Lab sample # 14N00740

Oa--8 to 11 centimeters (3.1 to 4.3 inches); highly decomposed plant material; very fine roots and medium roots and fine roots; 0 percent unspecified fragments; abrupt smooth boundary. Lab sample # 14N00741 A--11 to 44 centimeters (4.3 to 17.3 inches); black (10YR 2/1) sandy loam; moderate fine granular, and weak coarse subangular blocky structure; medium roots and fine roots and coarse roots; 0 percent unspecified fragments; abrupt smooth boundary. Lab sample # 14N00742

E--44 to 56 centimeters (17.3 to 22.0 inches); loam; weak coarse subangular blocky structure; fine roots; 0 percent unspecified fragments; abrupt smooth boundary. Lab sample # 14N00743

Bw1--56 to 105 centimeters (22.0 to 41.3 inches); loam; weak medium subangular blocky structure; very fine roots and fine roots; 15 percent medium distinct 5YR 5/4), moist, iron-manganese masses with clear boundaries in matrix and 85 percent coarse faint 10YR 5/2), moist, clay depletions with diffuse boundaries in matrix; 0 percent unspecified fragments; gradual wavy boundary. Lab sample # 14N00744

Bw2--105 to 140 centimeters (41.3 to 55.1 inches); loam; weak very coarse subangular blocky structure; very fine roots; 0 percent unspecified fragments; gradual irregular boundary. Lab sample # 14N00745

2C1--140 to 165 centimeters (55.1 to 65.0 inches); sandy clay loam; structureless coarse single grain; very few roots; 15 percent nonflat subangular sandstone fragments; abrupt smooth boundary. Lab sample # 14N00746

2Cg2--165 to 205 centimeters (65.0 to 80.7 inches); sandy clay; structureless very fine massive; very few roots; 25 percent nonflat subangular sandstone fragments; abrupt smooth boundary. Lab sample # 14N00747

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.