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Rowanhill

Distribution of RowanHill Soil Association DERIVATION:

Sandstones and shales with some limestones and coals, all rocks of Carboniferous age.

TYPES OF PARENT MATERIALS MAPPED:

  • Glacial till
  • Weathered rock in situ

COLOUR:

Greyish brown to grey in the subsoil.

TEXTURE:

May be relatively coarse textured (sandy silt loam, sandy clay loam) within topsoil but clay loam, clay or sandy clay loam at depth; slightly to moderately stony, often weathered.

DOMINANT LAND USE:

Permanent pasture, some arable and woodland.

LANDFORMS:

Undulating lowlands and upland areas with gentle slopes.

SOIL CHEMISTRY:

Near alkaline conditions and high base saturation within subsoil especially where limestone is present.
Inherently low total phosphorus.

SOIL PHYSICAL PROPERTIES:

Potential rooting depth around 30cm, deeper indry years where roots can penetrate deep cracks in subsoil. Compact subsoil restricts watermovement and rooting depth. Weak prismatic structure in subsoil becoming massive below.

SERIES NAME SOIL TYPE DRAINAGE PARENT MATERIAL
Allanhill Humus iron podzol Free Residual on pale yellow sandstone
Butterdean Noncalcareous gley (SW) Poor Till
Caprington Brown forest soil with gleying and Noncalcareous gley (SW) Imperfect Till
Corraith Humic gley Very poor Till
Glaisnock Peaty gley (SW) Poor and very poor Till
Greenside Brown forest soil Free Till
Macmerry Brown forest soil with gleying Imperfect Till with partially sorted upper layers
Rowanhill Noncalcareous gley (SW) Poor Till
Sauchieburn Brown forest soil with gleying Imperfect Residual
Taiglim Brown forest soil with gleying Imperfect Till with partially sorted upper layers
Todrigs Noncalcareous gley (SW) Very poor Till
Winton Brown forest soil and Noncalcareous gley (SW) Imperfect Till

 

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