This gently sloping to sloping, somewhat excessively drained soil is on side
slopes and crests of glacial till upland hills. Areas are irregular in shape and
mostly range from 2 to 100 acres. Rock outcrops cover 5 to 10 percent of surface
of the soil.
Typically the surface layer is dark brown gravelly sandy loam about 5 inches
thick. The subsoil is brown gravelly sandy loam 11 inches thick. The substratum
is dark yellowish brown very gravelly loam 10 inches thick. Highly weathered
rippable bedrock is at a depth of 26 inches.
Included with this soil in mapping are small areas of somewhat excessively
drained Gloucester soils; well drained Char Canton, and Narragansett soils; and
moderately well drained Sutton soils. Also included are small stony areas.
Included areas make up about 15 percent of this map unit.
The permeability of this soil is moderately rapid in the surface layer and
subsoil and rapid or very rapid in the substratum. Available water capacity is
very low, and runoff is slow or medium. This soil is very strongly acid through
The shallow depth to bedrock and the rock outcrops on the surface make this soil
poorly suited to community development. Onsite septic systems need special
design and installation to prevent pollution of ground water. Lawn grasses,
shallow-rooted trees, and shrubs require watering in summer. Excavation is
difficult in this soil, and blasting is required in places. Use of straw bale
sediment barriers and quickly establishing plant cover help to control erosion
This soil is suited to trees, and most areas are wooded. The major limitations
are droughtiness and the shallow rooting depth.
Rock outcrops severely hinder the use of farming equipment and make the soils
poorly suited to cultivated crops. The hazard of erosion is moderate to severe.
This soil is suited to openland wildlife habitat and woodland wildlife habitat.
It is too dry to provide wetland wildlife habitat. Capability subclass VIs;
woodland group 5d.