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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 9, Issue:6, June, 2020

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2020.9(6): 228-241

Characterization and Classification of Soils on Quartzite-Schistose Landscape in Tropical Ecosystem of Goa–in a Topo-sequence
D. S. Mohekar1*, S. K. Singh2, S. Chattaraj1, V. Ramamurthy3 and R. Srivastava1
1ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, Amravati road, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
2ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Goa, India
3ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, Regional Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
*Corresponding author

Nine typical pedons representing major quartzite-schistose landscape in tropical ecosystem of Goa viz., high hills, restricted summits, low hills, inter-hilly valley and narrow valley under varying land use were studied for their morphological characteristics, physical and chemical properties, soil genesis and taxonomy. The soils were slightly to moderately acidic in reaction, very shallow to very deep. Texture of the soils varied from gravelly sandy clay loam to gravelly clay on the hills and sandy clay loam to clay in valley soils. The clay content, bulk density, AWC, organic carbon, cation exchange capacity, base saturation and exchangeable hydrogen and aluminium in the soils were ranged from 34.3 to 46.8 per cent, 1.30 to 1.48 Mg m-3, 1.4 to 14.0 cm m-1,0.4 to 4.0 per cent, 5.5 to 18.4 cmol (p+) kg-1, 19.3 to 63.5 per cent, 0.02 to 0.19 cmol(p+)kg-1 and 0.0 to 0.48 cmol(p+)kg-1 respectively. The soils had isohyperthermic temperature regime and ustic soil moisture regime. The soils were grouped under three soil orders viz., Entisols, Inceptisols and Alfisols and further classified into four families viz., Lithic Ustorthents, Lithic Haplustepts, Dystric Haplustepts, Typic Haplustalfs.

Keywords: Soil characterization, Classification, Landscape

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Mohekar. D. S., S. K. Singh, S. Chattaraj, V. Ramamurthy and Srivastava. R. 2020. Characterization and Classification of Soils on Quartzite-Schistose Landscape in Tropical Ecosystem of Goa–in a Topo-sequence.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 9(6): 228-241. doi:
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