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C Horizon of the Soil Profile

Naturevolume 187page966 (1960) | Download Citation

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IN the course of recent investigations on the pedology of fluvial soils located in the area of Durham City, no true C horizon could be observed in the numerous profiles and sections examined. In the case of so-called transported soils, it is, of course, well known that the D horizon will usually be unrelated to the solum. But the finding that the C horizon is absent in some of these soils is of pedological importance, and, so far as we are aware, has not previously been reported for soils of the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, the occurrence of soil profiles of this type would seem to be of more than local significance and may well be widespread.

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    Lyon, T. L., Buckman, H. O., and Brady, N. C., “The Nature and Properties of Soils”, fifth ed., 327 (Macmillan Co., New York, 1952).

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    Thompson, L. M., “Soils and Soil Fertility”, second ed., 127 (McGraw- Hill, New York, Toronto and London, 1957).

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  1. Department of Geography, The Durham Colleges in the University of Durham, South Road, Durham

    • S. G. WILLIMOTT
  2. Durham School of Agriculture, Houghall, Co. Durham

    • D. W. GILCHRIST SHIRLAW

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