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Tuckertown Soils

Soil Map Unit Description from the RI Soil Survey Report

Tt - Tuckertown, muck .

Link to Official Soil Series Description for Tuckertown Soils | Thesis presentation of freshwater subaqueous soils

This subaqueous soil is on lake beds and kettle ponds. Tuckertown soils are formed in deep deposits of highly decomposed organic materials within freshwater lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. Mapped areas are irregular in shape and range from 3 to 70 hectares (8 to 173 acres). Slope ranges from 0 to 3 percent.

Typically, this soil has a highly decomposed black organic surface layer greater than 130 cm thick. Some Tuckertown soils have a sandy substratum consisting of dark gray or grayish brown glacial deposits. Some areas have large stumps of Atlantic White Cedar trees emergent and submerged. The organic material can extend to depth greater than 35 feet in some ponds (such a Bowdish Reservoir).

This soil is permanently submerged with up to 3 meters or more of fresh water. All horizons have a pH of less than 4.5. Phosphorus concentration in the upper 10 cm ranges from 356.5 to 610.7 ppm with a mean of 431.6 ppm. Carbon pools in the upper meter of Tuckertown soils range from 157 to 564 Mg C ha-� with a mean of 385 Mg C ha-�.

Included with this soil in mapping are small areas of Wickford soils in areas with shallower organic layers. Small areas of Shannock, Aquapaug, and Burlingame soils may also be included in areas where glacial parent materials are closer to the surface. Included areas make up about 15 percent of this map unit.

Fishing and recreational boating are common in the areas within this map unit. Most areas are vegetated with native and invasive submerged aquatic vegetation including white pond lily, yellow pond lily, bladderwort, native milfoil, fanwort, and variable milfoil. Turtles are commonly found in areas with emergent stumps.



Right: Profile of a Tuckertown Soil

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