Do you know all soil contains more than traces of both mineral and organic components? However, most soils are either more mineral or organic. So, how can you tell the difference between mineral and organic soils? Actually, it all comes down to the definition. Ultimately, the thickness of the soil’s horizons measured from the surface of the soil defines it. Which kind of soil it is, is based on whether this horizon is mineral or organic.

Soil Horizons

However, we need to more about soil horizons to understand the difference between mineral and organic soils. Soil horizons are the layers of soil. It is parallel to the surface of soil. The soil’s horizon is labeled based on the major traits found in it. For instance, soil horizons can be labeled as such:

  • O Horizons
  • A Horizons
  • E Horizons
  • B Horizons
  • C Horizons

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Mineral Soil Material

Next, we have to focus on what is mineral soil material. Mostly, it’s less than 2.0 mm in diameter. Also, it’s usually found soaked in water for less than 30 days total throughout the year. It will contain less than 20% organic carbon by weight. Additionally, it must have one of two traits, each with their own number of characteristics. For more information, visit here.

Organic Soil Material

On the other hand, organic soil material contains more carbon. The main reason is, it contains more litter. Litter is also known as an O horizon. Additionally, organic soil material does not have andic soil properties in 60 percent or more of the thickness between the soil surface and either a depth of 60 cm or a densic, lithic, or paralithic contact or duripan if shallower. Finally, soil is called organic if more than half of the upper 80 cm soil is organic. Or, if any organic soil material of any thickness rests on rock or fragmented material that has spaces filled with organic materials, it’s organic soil.

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