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

An incised floodplain soil. Normally dry through the profile due to drainage of the watertable, this one has been wetted up after rain.

An incised floodplain soil. Normally dry through the profile due to drainage of the watertable, this one has been wetted up after rain.

I’m not a fungi-person/mycologist, so have no idea what this is other than “a mushroom”. But it is doing a good job busting through the compacted vehicle track!

I’m not a fungi-person/mycologist, so have no idea what this is other than “a mushroom”. But it is doing a good job busting through the compacted vehicle track!

Burrowing owls: giant #soil bioturbators!

Thanks Serpentitic for this one.

jodellechloe:

“We don’t Inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
-David Brower

jodellechloe:

“We don’t Inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

-David Brower