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HOST Class 6

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Geology:
loamy textured drift underlain by porous rocks such as sandstones. They are found throughout the lowlands of Scotland but most extensively in the east, Caithness and Sutherland.
Landforms:
the landforms associated with this class are highly variable from undulating non-rocky lowlands, valley sides and hilltops. The land has a wide range of slopes and is occasionally rocky and there are also localised areas of moundy moraine. The class ranges in altitude from virtually sea level to around 700 m.
Soils:
freely drained (wetness class I) brown earths and humus-iron podzols with some subalpine podzols.
Vegetation:
ranges from cultivated arable land in the lowlands through heather moorland, rough grasslands and semi-natural woodland.
Flow:
microporous with by-pass flow common along major structural cracks.

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