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Aridisol: Petrocalcic Paleargid

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Aridisol: Petrocalcic Paleargid
From The Marbut Memorial Slide Collection

STEM Standard addressed: LS2B - Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

Appropriate Grade Level(s)
  • 9-12
  • College-level
Materials are best used for
  • Classroom Lectures
  • Distance Education Classes
  • Extension Presentations
General Course Areas
  • Soil Taxonomy and Genesis

Category: Aridisols

Slide 2-3. Petrocalcic Paleargid. Red Desert Soil. Location: Southern New Mexico. Parent Material: basin floor, alluvial sediments. Horizons and Depths: A 0-5 cm (0-2"); BA 5-20 cm (2-8"); Bt 20-30 cm (8-12"); Btk 30-38 cm (12-15"); Bkm1 38-74 cm (15-29"); Bkm2 74-102 cm (29-40"). This soil supports a vegetation of black grama (Bouteloua eriopoda), snake-weed (Gutierrezia sarothrae), mesquite (Prosopis juliflora), and yucca (Yucca elata). Note the lamellae and trowelled surfaces in the upper part of the petrocalcic (Bkm1) horizon. the scale is in feet (30cm).

Soil Science Society of America. 1993. The Marbut Memorial Slides. SSSA, Madison, WI.

Peer Review: Yes

Credit this item to: SSSA
Media Date: 1993-07-01
Provided By: (SSSA) Soil Science Society of America


  • * Soil Science Society of America

Submitted By: (SSSA) Soil Science Society of America


  • Marbut
  • Soil Order
  • Soil Horizon - General
  • Soil Profile - General
  • Argid
  • Red Desert Soil


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