## What is a textural triangle?

The textural triangle describes the relative proportions of sand, silt and clay in various types of soils.

How do you read a soil texture triangle?

A soil texture triangle is used to classify the texture class of a soil. The sides of the soil texture triangle are scaled for the percentages of sand, silt, and clay. Clay percentages are read from left to right across the triangle (dashed lines). Silt is read from the upper right to lower left (light, dotted lines).

How do you use Soiltexture diagram?

To use it, you follow the diagonal lines leaning to the left for your sand composition, the horizontal lines for your clay composition, and the diagonal lines leaning to the right for your silt composition. This triangle can help you categorize your soil as well as figure out its major components.

### What is the importance of soil texture triangle?

Figure 1: A soil textural triangle is used to determine soil textural class from the percentages of sand, silt, and clay in the soil.

What does a soil triangle measure?

The soil textural triangle is used to determine soil type based on sand, silt and clay percentages.

What type of soil is 40% silt 40% sand and 20% clay?

loam
The ideal mixture for agriculture is called loam and has roughly 40% sand, 40% silt and 20% clay. The texture of a soil determines its capacities and limitations. Many clay-rich soils are notorious for having poor drainage, high water retention, and substandard building surface potential.

## What are the 3 percentages of the soil triangle?

The three sides of the textural triangle represent increasing or decreasing percentages of sand, silt and clay particles. The textural triangle is easy to use once it is understood. Assume that you have a soil that is 60 percent clay, 20 percent silt and 20 percent sand.

What is the best soil texture?

The ideal soil texture is a mix of sand, silt, and clay particles, known as a loam.

How is soil texture measured?

To evaluate soil texture, use a simple jar test to determine the percentages of sand silt, and clay. Once the percentages are calculated, the soil textural triangle can be used to determine the soil type.

### What would a soil that contains 20% sand 70% silt and 10% clay be classified as?

If, for example, your soil sample has 50% sand, 20% silt and 30% clay, it would be described as a ‘sandy clay loam’. If it was 70% clay, 20% silt and 10% sand it would be described as a ‘clay’. The term ‘loam’ is used to describe soils that have a broadly similar concentration of sand, silt and clay particles.

What soil is 30% clay 30% sand and 40% silt?

clay loam
For example, if a soil is 40% sand, 30% silt, and 30% clay, the texture is clay loam.