Each week, I will update this blog with information on a type of soil found in Ireland.
The largest area of soil in Ireland is referred to as a Podzol Soil. The name is Russian, and means "under ash." This name is accurate since this type of soil is associated with boreal arctic forests. The soil is rich in quartz, but can have indications of mineral leaching (probably from the high pH.) There are four soil profiles typically associated with Podzol: O, E, B, and C. The soil profiles are simular to the ones used in the US. O is for organic matter, E is eluviated, B is the subsoil, and C is the parent material.