USDA - Soil Conservation Service
Soil Series: MERRIMAC
Map Unit Name: Merrimac sandy loam, 3 to 8 percent slopes
Component Name: Merrimac
Site Identification #: 92MA023007
Map Unit Symbol: 254B Note ID: Yield ID:
Lab Pedon #: 2325401 Source Lab Id:
Soil Survey Area #: 023 MLRA: 149B
County FIPS Code:
County Name: Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Soil Survey Area Name: Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Location Description: Wareham Quadrangle (middle eastern section), town of Plymouth, MA, 400' east of Wareham Road, 700' west of Deer Pond, 6100 ft. due south of where Agawam Rd. crosses power lines.
Quadrangle Name: Wareham Quadrangle
Latitude: 41 degrees 49 minutes 13.0 seconds N
Longitude: 70 degrees 37 minutes 45.0 seconds W
UTM Zone: UTM Easting: UTM Northing:
Description Category: Full pedon description
Pedon Category: Modal pedon for map unit
Slope Characteristics Information
Elevation: 110.0 feet
Geographically Associated Soils: Carver, Windsor, Freetown, Deerfield
Geomorphic Position: on lower third, back slope, of a interfluve
Type of Erosion: water erosion
Degree of Erosion: Class 1
Classification: ____ , ____ , ____ , ____ , ____ ____
Moisture Regime: Udic moisture regime
Landuse: Forest land not grazed
Natural Drainage Class: SWED
Parent Material: Eolian-sand and silt over weathered glacial outwash from igneous-granite.
Described by: Jim Turenne, Jason Tsolas (volunteer)
Notes: Weather - showers, overcast, 50 degrees F.; soil may fit into the Riverhead Series, need to check; Buttermilk Bay Watershed; samples of Bw1, Bw2, Bw3, & C1 horizon taken for sampling; correlation box taken.
Oi-- 1 to 0 inches; very dark gray (5YR 3/1) partially decomposed organic matter; clear smooth boundary.
Oe-- 0 to 0.5 inches; very dark gray (5YR 3/1) mucky peat; abrupt smooth boundary.
E--0.5 to 3 inches; 75 percent light brownish gray (10YR 6/2) and 25 percent brown (10YR 5/3) coarse sand; single grain; loose; common fine and medium roots throughout; 4.8 Bromthymol blue; clear wavy boundary. Thin discontinuous Bs horizon 7.5YR 5/4, below E horizon.
Bw1-- 3 to 17 inches; yellowish brown (10YR 5/8) coarse sandy loam; massive; very friable; common coarse roots throughout and common medium throughout and common fine throughout; 5.2 Chlorophenol red; 2 percent subrounded mixed gravel; gradual wavy boundary.
Bw2--17 to 21 inches; yellowish brown (10YR 5/6) coarse sandy loam; massive; very friable; common very fine and fine roots; 5.2 Chlorophenol red; 5 percent subrounded mixed gravel; gradual wavy boundary.
Bw3--21 to 31 inches; yellowish brown (10YR 5/6) sandy loam; massive; friable; common very fine roots; 5.3 Chlorophenol red; 5 percent subrounded mixed gravel; clear wavy boundary.
2C--31 to 55 inches; light yellowish brown (2.5Y 6/4) gravelly coarse sand; single grain; loose; 5.4 Chlorophenol red; 25 percent subrounded mixed gravel and 5 percent subrounded mixed cobbles; gradual wavy boundary. Pockets of very gravelly COS in C1 horizon; areas lacking coarse fragments in C1 - stratas of COS with small % age of gravel.
2C2--55 to 75 inches; pale yellow (2.5Y 7/4) sand; single grain; loose; 5.4 Chlorophenol red; 5 percent subrounded mixed gravel.