Podzolic Soils Locations
Podzolic soils occupy about 1 429 000 km2 (15.6%) of Canada's land area!
These acid soils contain accumulations of amorphous materials composed of humified organic matter associated with aluminum and iron. They develop most commonly in sandy materials in areas of cold, humid climate under forest or shrub vegetation. Soluble organic substances formed by decomposition of the forest litter attack soil minerals in surface horizons, and much of the iron and aluminum released combines with this organic material. When the proportion of aluminum and iron to organic matter reaches a critical level, the organic complex becomes insoluble and is deposited in the B horizon.
This soil is good for growing certain types of plants, but its good for trees. Since there is a lot of acid, most plants will not grow here.