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Shallow: <0.5m

Soil depth - Shallow species:

Shallow soils may have formed on slopes where erosion has reduced the depth between the soil surface and the subsoil/regolith beneath. Shallow soils are described as "bony", with little structure and don't tend to grow grass well. Soil moisture-holding capacity is low and because the soil has little volume it dries out rapidly. Steeper slopes tend to have shallower soils.


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