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.