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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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What are the general characteristics of each horizon in a soil profile? How are soil profiles important to scientists?

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The general characteristics of each horizon in a soil profile and the way in which soil profiles are important to scientists.

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The well-developed soils typically exhibit soil profiles called as soil horizons, which differ by the physical and chemical properties. They are designated by a set of letters, which refer to their composition, dominant process, or position in the profile.

O horizon is the one that is composed of high content of organic debris and humus. It is only present at the places where there is a cover of decomposed vegetation. The top soil is referred to as A horizon. These soils contain decomposed organic matter...

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