What are the main characteristics of the O horizon?

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Mar 6, 2016

Answer:

Its called "O" for organic horizon and therefore consists mostly of plant material and the dead stuff that is in various stages of decay..

Explanation:

The "O" horizon is near the top of soil horizons and also contains a thriving ecosystem of decomposing bacteria. worms and other critters who break down the organic material. Over time, the O horizon becomes part of the A horizon.

Not all soils have an O horizon (e.g. grasslands don't), and most form in forests or places where there is abundant plant material.

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