Reference soil Greenland 3: Cryosol

Collection date: 
July, 1981
Soil surveyor: 
Albers H & FJA Daniëls
Angmagssalik District, Southeast Greenland
Climate classification: 

WRB 2006:

WRB 1998:

Histic Turbic Cryosol (Dystric Arenic)
Humi- Arenic Umbrisol
0-30 cm histic horizon  
organic material  




Dystri- Gelic Cambisol gelundic phase
Gelic Cambisol
0-30 cm histic H horizon  
organic soil materials  
0-30 cm histic H horizon  
The altitude of the soil profile relative to mean sea level, specified in meters 40 m asl
Regional landform fluvio-glacial terrace
Topography of the surrounding country hilly
Physiographic Unit in the immediate surrounding of the site solifluction terrace
The slope refers to the inclination of the land immediately surrounding the site. The measured or estimated slope angle is specified to the nearest per cent 8 %
The physiographic position of the site where the profile is located lower slope
Form of the slope surrounding the site concave
Slope Aspect of the site
Parent material: 
The main parent rock/ material over which the soil has been formed (1st entry) organic material
Mode of Accumulation or deposition of parent material (1st entry) organic
Texture of parent material (1st entry) organic
Depth1 of lithological boundary cm
The main parent rock/ material over which the soil has been formed (2nd entry) granite
Texture of parent material (2nd entry) organic
Resistance against weathering (solid rock) (2nd entry)  
Soil Depth; depth to which roots can easily penetrate throughout the year cm
Remarks on Parent Materials charnocite
Hydrology and drainage: 
Depth of groundwater table cm
Groundwater Top cm
Groundwater Bottom cm
Kind of groundwater table no groundwater table observed
Top Stagnating Layer cm
Bottom Stagnating Layer cm
Flooding frequency never
Estimated permeablity (class) of least permeable part of the profile high
Drainage Class well
To Drainage Class  
Moisture conditions of the profile: dry from -to cm
Moisture conditions of the profile: moist from -to cm
Wet From - To cm
Land use: 
Current land use at the site (semi-)natural vegetation
Major crops  
Main type of irrigation  
Rotation scheme  
Vegetation Type;The natural vegetation at the site tundra
Status of vegetation  
Remarks on Land Use / Vegetation VEGETATION: Empetrum-Vaccinium community (Drephanoclades type)
Soil erosion type (1st entry)  
Occurrence of soil aggradation  
Slope Stability
Surface characteristics: 
Microrelief type: small-scale differences in relief in the direct vicinity of the site frost polygons
Microrelief Height 25
Stoniness very few stones
Average size of stones  
Shape of stones (on average)  
Slaking of aggregates by tillage, rainfall or frost  
Evidence of salt non-saline
Evidence of alkali non-alkaline