Earth Sciences Report 1984-01

Earth Sciences Report 1984-01

ESR 1984-01

Soil survey of Wabamun Provincial Park study area and interpretation for recreational use

Author(s) Greenlee, G.M. Date 1983-01-01

The mapped area, comprising about 270 ha, is located about 55 km west of Edmonton adjacent to highway 16 on the south side. Most of the study area is covered by moderately fine-textured till, and two small patches of medium- to moderately fine-textured lacustrine sediments border the eastern lakeshore. A few sporadic organic soil deposits are also found. This region has a cold snow-forest climate with humid winters, characterized by frozen ground and a snow cover of several months duration. Summers are cool and short with less than four months where the average temperature is above 10�C, and the average temperature of the coldest month below -3�C. The study area is situated in the aspen grove section of the boreal forest region, where only trembling aspen is abundant in the natural stands.

Five map units were recognized in the study area. The key profile types are Orthic Grey Luvisols, Orthic Humic Luvic Gleysols peaty phase, and Humisols. These are distributed over the landscape in relation to landform, parent material and drainage. Each map unit is a soil series, and the distribution is shown on the soil map.

Soil interpretations of each map unit are made for fully serviced campgrounds, picnic areas, lawns and landscaping, paths trails, buildings, septic tank absorption fields, trench-type sanitary landfills, road location, source of roadfill and source of sand or gravel.

Greenlee, G.M. (1983): Soil survey of Wabamun Provincial Park study area and interpretation for recreational use; Alberta Research Council, ARC/AGS Earth Sciences Report 1984-01, 27 p.