Soaproot Saddle NEON (SOAP) 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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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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D17 SOAP megapit soil profile 0-200 cm

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Megapit Pedon Description

Print Date Feb 7 2018
Description Date Aug 15 2016
Describer Phil Smith, Rafael Ortiz, Nelson Velazquez
Site ID S2016CA019003
Pedon ID S2016CA019003
Lab Source ID KSSL
Lab Pedon # 16N1953
Soil Name as Described/Sampled Holland
Classification Fine-loamy, mixed, semiactive, mesic Ultic Haploxeralfs
Pedon Type undefined observation
Pedon Purpose laboratory sampling site
Taxon Kind family
Physiographic Division Pacific Mountain
Physiographic Province Pacific Border Province
Physiographic Section Sierra Nevada
Geomorphic Setting on backslope of side slope of hillslope on mountain
Upslope Shape linear
Cross Slope Shape concave
Particle Size Control Section 52 to 102 cm.
Description origin NASIS
State California
County Fresno
MLRA 22A -- Sierra Nevada Mountains
Soil Survey Area CA750 -- Sierra National Forest Area Parts of Fresno, California
2-SON -- Sonora, California
Map Unit 137 -- Holland family, 35 to 65 percent slopes
Quad Name Shaver Lake, California
Std Latitude 37.0327000
Std Longitude -119.2622100
Latitude 37 degrees 1 minutes 57.72 seconds north
Longitude 119 degrees 15 minutes 43.96 seconds west
Datum WGS84
UTM Zone 11
UTM Easting 298789 meters
UTM Northing 4100893 meters
Primary Earth Cover Tree cover
Secondary Earth Cover Conifers
Surface Fragments 1.0 percent nonflat subangular indurated 250- to 280-millimeter granite fragments
Description database KSSL
Diagnostic Features mollic epipedon 4 to 32 cm.
argillic horizon 52 to 213 cm.
Slope (%) 15.0
Elevation (meters) 1,202.0
Aspect (deg) 180
Drainage Class well
Horizon Details

Oi--0 to 4 centimeters (0.0 to 1.6 inches); very dark gray (10YR 3/1) slightly decomposed plant material; . Lab sample # 16N09010

A1--4 to 18 centimeters (1.6 to 7.1 inches); grayish brown (10YR 5/2) loam, very dark brown (10YR 2/2), moist; 50 percent sand; 10 percent clay; medium granular, and fine subangular blocky structure; soft, very friable, slightly sticky, nonplastic; common medium roots throughout and common coarse roots throughout and common coarse roots throughout; few medium tubular and common fine dendritic tubular pores; 4 percent fine mica flakes, muscovite; noneffervescent; neutral, pH 6.8, pH indicator solutions. Lab sample # 16N09011

A2--18 to 32 centimeters (7.1 to 12.6 inches); yellowish brown (10YR 5/4) loam, dark brown (10YR 3/3), moist; 50 percent sand; 10 percent clay; fine subangular blocky, and medium granular structure; soft, very friable, slightly sticky, nonplastic; common very coarse roots throughout and common medium roots throughout and common fine roots throughout and common coarse roots throughout; few medium tubular and common fine dendritic tubular pores; 2 percent fine mica flakes, muscovite; noneffervescent; neutral, pH 6.8, pH indicator solutions. Lab sample # 16N09012

AB--32 to 52 centimeters (12.6 to 20.5 inches); brown (7.5YR 5/4) and brown (7.5YR 4/4) loam, dark brown (7.5YR 3/4), moist; 50 percent sand; 10 percent clay; medium subangular blocky structure; soft, very friable, slightly sticky, nonplastic; common very coarse roots throughout and few medium roots throughout and common coarse roots throughout; few medium tubular and common fine dendritic tubular pores; 2 percent fine mica flakes, muscovite; noneffervescent; neutral, pH 6.8, pH indicator solutions. Lab sample # 16N09013

Bt1--52 to 91 centimeters (20.5 to 35.8 inches); brown (7.5YR 4/4) and strong brown (7.5YR 4/6) sandy clay loam, dark brown (7.5YR 3/4) and brown (7.5YR 4/4), moist; 50 percent sand; 30 percent clay; 40 percent (7.5YR 4/4) mottles; medium subangular blocky structure; slightly hard, friable, slightly sticky, slightly plastic; common very coarse roots throughout and very few medium roots throughout and few coarse roots throughout; few medium tubular and common fine dendritic tubular pores; 4 percent faint 5YR 4/4), moist, clay films on surfaces along pores; 2 percent fine mica flakes, muscovite; noneffervescent; neutral, pH 6.8, pH indicator solutions. Lab sample # 16N09014

Bt2--91 to 136 centimeters (35.8 to 53.5 inches); reddish brown (5YR 5/4) and light brown (7.5YR 6/4) and brown (7.5YR 4/3) clay loam, reddish brown (5YR 4/4) and brown (7.5YR 4/4) and brown (7.5YR 4/3), moist; 40 percent sand; 30 percent clay; 5 percent (7.5YR 6/3) and 25 percent (7.5YR 6/4) mottles; coarse subangular blocky structure; hard, friable, slightly sticky, slightly plastic; common very coarse roots throughout and very few medium roots throughout and very few fine roots throughout and very few coarse roots throughout; common fine dendritic tubular pores; 4 percent faint 5YR 4/4), moist, clay films on surfaces along pores; 2 percent fine mica flakes, muscovite; 1 percent subangular less than 300-millimeter granite fragments; noneffervescent; neutral, pH 6.8, pH indicator solutions. Lab sample # 16N09015

2Bt3--136 to 213 centimeters (53.5 to 83.9 inches); yellowish red (5YR 4/6) clay loam, dark reddish brown (5YR 3/4), moist; 40 percent sand; 39 percent clay; coarse subangular blocky structure; extremely hard, firm, slightly sticky, moderately plastic; very few very fine roots throughout; common fine dendritic tubular pores; 10 percent prominent 2.5YR 3/6), moist, clay films on all faces of peds; 5 percent fine mica flakes, muscovite; 1 percent subangular less than 290-millimeter granite fragments; noneffervescent; neutral, pH 6.8, pH indicator solutions. Lab sample # 16N09016

2C--213 to 255 centimeters (83.9 to 100.4 inches); pink (7.5YR 7/4) and reddish yellow (7.5YR 7/8) and reddish yellow (7.5YR 6/6) loam, light brown (7.5YR 6/4) and strong brown (7.5YR 5/8) and yellowish red (5YR 4/6), moist; 45 percent sand; 26 percent clay; structureless massive; hard, friable, slightly sticky, slightly plastic; common fine irregular pores; 8 percent fine mica flakes, muscovite; noneffervescent; neutral, pH 6.8, pH indicator solutions.

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.