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!

A perfect day in the field doing some hydraulic soil coring in the Central West Catchment of NSW.  Testing for total organic carbon and labile carbon amoings other things.

A perfect day in the field doing some hydraulic soil coring in the Central West Catchment of NSW.  Testing for total organic carbon and labile carbon amoings other things.

Dense till plates, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire, USA. Taken by Jess Philippe (@gojessgo)

Dense till plates, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire, USA. Taken by Jess Philippe (@gojessgo)

A developing ‘chroma’ from Bonnie’s (well matured) compost.  From centre to periphery you can see nitrogen, mineral, organic matter and humus levels with enzyme activity on the very edge and active microbes as a function of the integration of the parts (biology is mostly dormant in this one.)  From @ptpermaculture

A developing ‘chroma’ from Bonnie’s (well matured) compost.  From centre to periphery you can see nitrogen, mineral, organic matter and humus levels with enzyme activity on the very edge and active microbes as a function of the integration of the parts (biology is mostly dormant in this one.)  From @ptpermaculture

This is a soil core taken from Ginnini Flats, a sphagnum peat wetland in the high country of the ACT. The soil is really dark as it is full of charcoal and organic matter. This photo was taken during a field trip run by Geoff Cary and Geoff Hope, from the Australian National University, in the subject Fire in the Environment. From Dr Lyndsey Vivian

This is a soil core taken from Ginnini Flats, a sphagnum peat wetland in the high country of the ACT. The soil is really dark as it is full of charcoal and organic matter. This photo was taken during a field trip run by Geoff Cary and Geoff Hope, from the Australian National University, in the subject Fire in the Environment. From Dr Lyndsey Vivian

A rocky outcrop in the Tinderry Ranges, NSW, several months after a bushfire. Plants are starting to grow back in some shallow soil amongst the rocks. From Dr Lyndsey Vivian

A rocky outcrop in the Tinderry Ranges, NSW, several months after a bushfire. Plants are starting to grow back in some shallow soil amongst the rocks. From Dr Lyndsey Vivian

What species is this one Jess?  A fungus from the Jarrah woodlands of the Darling Escarpment of Western Australia. From @ptpermaculture

What species is this one Jess?  A fungus from the Jarrah woodlands of the Darling Escarpment of Western Australia. From @ptpermaculture