Soils of Wisconsin

Steven Dutch University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Many of the soils of Wisconsin are young soils: entisols and inceptisols. Mature soils include mollisols, alfisols and spodosols. Histosols occur in wetland areas. Soils denoted with the suffix "p" are most likely to include mollisols, and soil group J includes most of the histosols. Alfisols dominate in areas originally covered by deciduous forest, spodosols in coniferous areas. Steep slopes are more likely to consist of less-developed soils since erosion strips away material nearly as fast as soil can develop.

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Created 2 October 2000, Last Update 2 October 2000