The Subalpine Soils
Soils vary widely reflecting the great diversity in parent materials and ecological conditions.
Brunisolics and Luvisolics are most common and occur under a wide variety of conditions.
Regosolics commonly occur on colluvial slopes and on active fluvial landforms. Podzolics are largely confined to upper elevation, moist sites under spruce-fir forests.
Cryosolics occur in Upper Subalpine sites in the Front Ranges from central
Banff National Park
to at least as far north as Willmore Wilderness
Park. Solifluction is a common process on these sites.
Gleysolics and Organics occur on wet sites on a variety of materials.
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