Studies of a Scottish Drift Soil.: Part I. The Composition of the Soil and of the Mineral Particles which Compose it

James Hendrick, William G. Ogg
1916 Journal of Agricultural Science  
MOST of the soil investigations in this country have been conducted at Rothamsted or other parts of South Britain and the soils examined have been chiefly those overlying the stratified rocks of the southern half of England. These, however, are by no means typical of the whole of Britain and research is needed into soils found extensively in Scotland and other parts of Britain which differ greatly in their origin, nature and properties from those which have hitherto been the chief subjects to
more » ... chief subjects to which British investigators have devoted attention. The various agricultural colleges are taking up the study of the soils of their respective •districts, and when the Farm of Craibstone was acquired as an Experiment Station by the North of Scotland College, a series of soil investigations was immediately commenced. Craibstone is situated about six miles north-west of Aberdeen and is a farm typical of much of the agricultural land of the district and of the North of Scotland generally. The soil is a boulder clay overlying granite and varies much in depth; the subsoil also varies much in depth and texture, passing within a short distance from sand and gravel to clay. The underlying rocks in Aberdeenshire are chiefly granites and metamorphic rocks, and great parts of the neighbouring
doi:10.1017/s0021859600002367 fatcat:xv5ct34lorcbvhb4aovc2nduke