The black topsoil rich in organic matter contrasts with the underlying white, calcareous parent material. This Ōamaru soil is prized for growing crops and for market gardening.
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Reference: Les Molloy, Soils in the New Zealand landscape: the living mantle. Lincoln: New Zealand Society of Soil Science, 1988, plates 12.11; 12.10 (inset)
Photographs by Quentin Christie
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