Deep ‘fen peat’ floodplain soil at Flixton, Scarborough, UK.
An archaeological dig reveals the black lowland peat soil, formed by a palaeo-lake 12,000 years ago. The pale grey layer at the base of the profile is a lake bed marl from Lake Flixton, home of the famous Mesolithic site of Star Carr (www.starcarr.com). Modern land drainage has caused the peat to shrink and the land level drops. A farm wetland restoration initiative has made progress trying to re-wet parts of the floodplain for heritage and wetland wildlife, which helps protect the carbon locked up in these soils.(www.carrswetland.wordpress.com) 

Deep ‘fen peat’ floodplain soil at Flixton, Scarborough, UK.

An archaeological dig reveals the black lowland peat soil, formed by a palaeo-lake 12,000 years ago. The pale grey layer at the base of the profile is a lake bed marl from Lake Flixton, home of the famous Mesolithic site of Star Carr (www.starcarr.com). Modern land drainage has caused the peat to shrink and the land level drops. A farm wetland restoration initiative has made progress trying to re-wet parts of the floodplain for heritage and wetland wildlife, which helps protect the carbon locked up in these soils.(www.carrswetland.wordpress.com

Tasty, tasty soil! Lovely, organic-rich, clay loam floodplain soil!

Tasty, tasty soil! Lovely, organic-rich, clay loam floodplain soil!

elizabethmgin:

Taking soil samples from Eseza’s field of ground nuts, which is bordered by a field of cassava on the left and a field of sorghum on the right.

We also took samples from another farmer’s ground nut field in Serere, which was bordered by a grove of orange trees. Our third series of soil samples was from a cabbage field along the foothills of Mt. Elgon. This week, we will take the samples to the Agricultural Sciences Department at Makerere University for analysis.

I wonder what we will discover!

seekingforbeauty:

Dirt! The movie

What a wonderful movie!!!

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