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.

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

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

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!

serpentinitic:

The Soil Morphological puzzle is now complete. Team Soil Dirty Princess Fall 2011, I will forever love all of you. :’)

1. Zaca Mollisol of Serrano ranch. 2. Salinas Mollisol of Stenner Creek. 3. Croply Vertisol of Serrano Ranch. 4. Midterm Cobbly Mollisol of Serrano Ranch 5. Baywood Xerospamment of Los Osos 6. Fly Infested Inceptisol of Serrano Ranch. 7. Final Entisol of the Avocado trees

whycantwefixthis:

I’m sort of proud of this… the second photo is what the dirt in my garden used to look like, the first photo is after 5 years of organic treatment.

An awesome example: Go-the-power-of carbon and soil ecology to fix compacted soil!

Mars #Soil Sample Delivered

alannalite:

Playing with #dirt Like a kid again. #soil #compost #sand #silt #clay #peat

alannalite:

Playing with #dirt Like a kid again. #soil #compost #sand #silt #clay #peat