New England Soil Profiles
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Pittstown soils are moderately well drained soils formed in loamy dense till derived primarily from carboniferous rocks and minerals dominated by sandstone, slate, schist, phyllite, and shale. The dark colored till is due to the high carbon contained in minerals within the parent rocks. The dark colors of the soil causes some difficulty to determine the depth to estimated average seasonal high water table. Pittstown soils are in a catena with well drained Newport soils, poorly drained Stissting soils and very poorly drained Mansfield soils. These soils are mapped primarily in the Narragansett Basin and in the Boston Basin in southern New England.
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Photo courtesy of Mark Stolt University of Rhode Island's
Dept. of Natural Resources Science
Photo Location: Jamestown, RI.
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