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Applied and Environmental Soil Science
Volume 2016, Article ID 4708235, 16 pages
Research Article

Characterization and Classification of Soils of Abobo Area, Western Ethiopia

1Department of Natural Resource Management, College of Natural Resource, Wolkite University, P.O. Box 07, Wolkite, Ethiopia
2Department of Plant and Horticultural Science, College of Agriculture, Hawassa University, P.O. Box 05, Hawassa, Ethiopia
3School of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Haramaya University, P.O. Box 138, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Received 31 August 2016; Accepted 16 November 2016

Academic Editor: Rafael Clemente

Copyright © 2016 Teshome Yitbarek et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Knowledge of the kinds and properties of soils is critical for making decisions with respect to crop production and other land use types. A field survey and soil morphological description and laboratory analysis were carried out to describe, characterize, and classify the soils of Abobo area, western Ethiopia. Seven representative pedons (A-1 to A-7) were opened and described across the study area. The results revealed variation in morphological, physical, and chemical properties of the soils. The soils are clay loam to clayey in texture with bulk density values ranging from 1.12 to 1.32 g cm−3 and basic infiltration rate varying from slow to moderate (0.4 to 3.3 cm hr−1). They were moderately acidic to neutral in pH (5.5 to 7.1) and had very low to medium organic carbon (OC) (0.27 to 2.98%). Four soil types, Haplic Cambisols, Vertic Luvisols, Mollic Leptosols, and Mollic Vertisols, were identified in the area based on World Reference Base. Generally, the properties of the soils differed along the transect indicating their variation in productive potential and management requirements for specific agricultural use.