Muck soils are comparatively similar to clay and silt particles in size, but have less than half the specific gravity of them (Table 1). The muck particles also don’t aggregate like mineral soils. Thus, even though individual particles of mineral soils can be quite small, the aggregation will create a larger mass. The lack of aggregation in muck soils combined with the low specific gravity means that muck is susceptible to being picked up by the wind and blown around, creating something that is similar to a sand storm.
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