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  1. Vol. 50 No. 3, p. 835-836
    Received: Feb 6, 1985

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Problems with the Sandy Loam Subclass Definition1

  1. M. D. Mays and
  2. B. R. Brasher2



There are undefined particle-size distributions that are within the definition of sandy loams but not within the definitions of any of the subclasses of sandy loams according to the 1981 draft of chapter 4 of the Soil Survey Manual. These undefined particle-size distributions can be accommodated by appending the following phrase to the sandy loam subclass definition: “or less than 15 percent very coarse, coarse and medium sand and less than 30 percent either fine or very fine sand.”

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