Inceptisols

 

These soils exhibit minimum horizon development.

Occur across a wide range of ecological setting but not found in arid climates.

Often found on:

  • fairly steep slopes
  • young geomorphic sources
  • resistant parent materials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appalachian Mts., North Carolina

 

These Inceptisols commonly form on sloping surfaces.

Soils are typically shallow.

 

 

 

 

West Virginia Inceptisol

 

Often forms in weakly consolidated parent materials.

 

 

 

 

 

Lemhi, Colorado Inceptisol

 

Thin, weakly developed soils.

Have a large percentage of rock fragments.

Have low water holding capacity.

 

 

 

Lemhi, Colorado Inceptisol

 

Slow soil development.