Alpine Meadow Podzol

Soil Site Details: Alpine Meadow Podzol

Soils on this site are classified as Podzols. Many would consider the Podzols to be the most visually striking soils in Canada. Podzols are one of the most common soils found under coniferous (evergreen) forests.

Basic Facts

Soil Order: Podzol
Ecosystem: Coniferous forest
Climate Zone: Continental
BC Biogeoclimatic Zone: Between Interior Cedar-Hemlock and Subalpine Engelmann Spruce-Subalpine Fir

Location: End of Cayuse Foresty Service Road, about 26 km south of Castlegar, B.C.
City, Region, Country: Castlegar, BC, Canada
Lat / Long: 49.28778/ -117.552

Soil Classification

Soil Order: Podzol
Great Group: Ferro-Humic Podzol
Subgroup: Gleyed Ferro-Humic Podzol
Soil Series:
Classification Code: GL.FHP
Soil Horizons Present: Om, Ae, Bhf, Bfgj, C
Diagnostic Horizon 1: Bhf
Diagnostic Horizon 2: __
Diagnostic Horizon 3: __
Diagnostic Horizon 4: __

Land Form

Land Form: __
Parent Material: Glacial till (on hills/higher points), glacio-lacustrine (in low laying areas)

Elevation (m): 1666
Affected by Glaciation: Yes


Climate Zone: Continental
Mean Annual Temperature (C):
Minimum Annual Temperature (C): __
Maximum Annual Temperature (C): __
Mean Annual Precipitation (mm):

Land Use

Current Land Use: Forestry
Original Vegetation: Cedar, Hemlock, Spruce and Fir
Current Vegetation: Coniferous forest

Technical Description
(Ah). It is further classified into the Pineview Soil Association. These soil textures range from silty clay loam to clay.
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Soil Morphology
Soil Texture of Diagnostic Horizon or Prevailing Texture:
Sand to silt loam
Soil texture horizons: __
Soil structure horizons: Subangular blocky (in all mineral horizons)
Forest Humus Form: __
Presence of Charcoal: __
Presence of Coatings: __
Soil Formation Processes
Primary Soil Process Group: Transformation
Primary Soil Process: Podzolization
Secondary Soil Process: __


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