MASSACHUSETTS SOIL SURVEY UPDATE
Barnstable Soils: Very
deep, well drained soils formed in loamy eolian deposits
underlain by mixed sandy glacial till and glacially reworked ice
contact outwash. Barnstable soils are on moraines, crests and
sides of small hills in areas of ground moraine and in ice-contact
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Barnstable Pedon Description 2343301
Barnstable Pedon Description 2343302
Barnstable Pedon Description 2343003
Map Unit (s): 430A, 430B,
430C, 431A, 431B, 431C, 433B, 433C
Map Phases: 430 A, B, C,
nonstony, 431 A,B,C, very stony, 433 A,B,C, extremely bouldery.
COARSE-LOAMY OVER SANDY OR SANDY-SKELETAL, MIXED, ACTIVE, MESIC
Drainage Class: Well drained.
Parent Material: Eolian fine
sandy loam solum, over mixed loose sandy till and ice contact
rapid in the solum and rapid to very rapid in the substratum.
Available Water Holding
Soil Reaction: Extremely acid
through moderately acid throughout.
Depth to Bedrock: Greater than 65
Depth to Seasonal High Watertable: Greater
than 6 feet.
Hydrologic Group: B.
Hydric Soil: No.
Flooding/Ponding Potential: Frequency
and Type: None. Duration and Months: None
Excessively drained Plymouth and Carver soils are on knobs and
convex landforms. Well drained Merrimac and Canton soils are on
similar landscapes. Moderately well drained Sudbury and Newfields
soils are on lower elevations.
Agriculture: Map units 430A and B are prime farmland
map units. 431B and C are important farmland, major limitations
related to droughtyness. Map unit 433 is unsuited for most
agricultural uses due to large surface stones and boulders.
Woodland: Map units 430 and 431 are well suited to
woodland production, map unit 433 has limitations due to large
Development: Well suited for development, major
limitations related to erosion hazard during excavation.
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