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Kāingaroa soil

Kāingaroa soil

The mixture of different-sized fragments of pumice and volcanic glass in Kāingaroa soil, in the central North Island, are called tephra. Typically, Kāingaroa soils have dark organic topsoil and a compacted subsoil that restricts root growth. Modern tree-planting methods include breaking up the subsoil before planting.

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New Zealand Society of Soil Science
Reference: Les Molloy, Soils in the New Zealand landscape: the living mantle. Wellington: Mallinson Rendel, 1988, plate 2.8
Photograph by Quentin Christie

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Allan Gillingham, 'Soils and regional land use - Central and western North Island', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Allan Gillingham, published 24 Nov 2008