Carver Soils: Very deep, excessively drained soils formed in thick deposits of coarse and very coarse sands. Carver soils are in broad areas on outwash plains, terraces and deltas.

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Map Unit (s): 252A, 252B, 252C, 252E, 259A, 259B, 259C
Map Unit Phases:

  • 252A Carver coarse sand, 0 to 3 percent slopes.
    252B Carver coarse sand, 3 to 8 percent slopes.
    252C Carver coarse sand, 8 to 15 percent slopes.
    252E Carver coarse sand, 15 to 35 percent slopes.
    259A Carver loamy coarse sand, 0 to 3 percent slopes.
    259B Carver loamy coarse sand, 3 to 8 percent slopes.
    259C Carver loamy coarse sand, 8 to 15 percent slopes.
  • Taxonomic Classification: Mesic, coated, Spodic Quartzipsamments.
    Drainage Class: Excessively drained.
    Parent Material: Coarse sand eolian deposits underlain by fluvial deposits.
    Permeability: Very rapid throughout.
    Available Water Holding Capacity: Very low.
    Soil Reaction: Extremely acid to moderately acid throughout.
    Depth to Bedrock: Greater than 65 inches.
    Seasonal High Watertable: Depth: greater than 5 feet. Type: apparent.
    Hydrologic Group: A.
    Hydric Soil: No.
    Flooding/Ponding Potential: Frequency and Type: None.
    Potential Inclusions: Plymouth, Windsor, Merrimac and Hinckley soils are similar inclusions. . Moderately well drained Deerfield and Sudbury soils are on lower elevations, adjacent to poorly drained Wareham and Pipestone soils.

    Soil Suitability:

    Agriculture: Poorly suited for most agricultural uses due to droughtiness. Irrigation is needed for optimal yield.

    Woodland: Poorly suited for woodland productivity due to droughtiness. Trees commonly growing on Carver soils are Pitch Pine, Scrub Oak, and White Pine.

    Development: Carver soils have few limitations for development. They are associated with aquifer recharge areas and measures should be taken to protect the aquifer.

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