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Gray Wooded Soils in Parts of Alberta and Montana


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  1. Vol. 16 No. 2, p. 130-133

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  1. B. H. Williams and
  2. W. Earl Bowser1



Recent field correlations, laboratory study, and a review of the literature on forested soils of the Northern Great Plains and contiguous mountainous areas and areas east of the plains indicate a need for pointing up the relationships among the several groups of podzolic soils of this region. To attain this objective the attention of the authors was focused on the analyses of field observations, field notes, and laboratory data pertaining to selected samples of Gray Wooded soils and some associated soils in Alberta and Montana. Differences and similarities among Gray Wooded soils and how they differ from the associated soils and from Podzol soils in eastern United States and Canada are brought out graphically and in discussion. Particular stress is placed on the climatic environment, natural vegetation, and parent materials that seem to account for the unique properties of these soils. Representative profiles of three Gray Wooded soils are described in detail.

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