soil horizon

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a layer in a soil profile

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For example, a soil horizon that formally was a zone of deposition for carbonates may become a zone of carbonate loss within a ditch soil.
Peds (Chapter 1)--Units of soil structure in a soil horizon.
Truncated (Chapter 3)--Having lost all or part of a soil horizon, or all or part of a metabolic pathway.
Griffiths (1985) adopted the term `degree of packing' to identify the in situ consistence of peds or matrix material in a soil horizon.
13 Plaggen are A soil horizons of anthropogenic origin appearing in some North European soils.