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  1. Vol. 45 No. 2, p. 378-385
    Received: Nov 2, 1979



Characterization and Classification of Some Belize Soils1

  1. D. A. Lietzke and
  2. E. P. Whiteside2



Field studies on the Coastal Plain adjoining the Caribbean near Big Creek, Belize (British Honduras) in the spring of 1968 and 1969 were followed hy laboratory analyses of six representative profiles that comprised a majority of the study area. These rather extensive but infertile soils were being developed for agricultural production by private interests. The two major upland soils in the survey area are: nearly level, clayey, mixed, isohyperthermic, Oxumbric Plinthic Albaquults3 and very gently sloping, fine, mixed, isohyperthermic, Oxaquic Plinthic Tropudalfs3 Associated better drained upland soils of lesser extent were: clayey, mixed, isohyperthermic, Plinthic Paleudults as well as fine-loamy, siliceous and coarse-loamy, siliceous, isohyperthermic families of Plinthic and Plinthaquic Paleudults and their arenic counterparts. Two major fluvial terrace level soils are fine, mixed, isohyperthermic Oxaquic Humitropepts3 on the higher area and fine, mixed, isohyperthermic Oxic Fluvaquentic Humitropepts3 near river levels. A lower Coastal Plain terrace 0 to 2 m above sea level contained nearly level, fine-loamy mixed, isohyperthermic Mollic Tropaqualfs3 and Aeric Tropaqualfs. Very low nutrient levels indicate that large quantities of lime and fertilizer will be needed to make these soils productive.

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