Chernozemic soil
Chernozem Image
Chernozem field in Black Dirt Region of Orange County, New York, USA
Used in: WRB, other
WRB code: CH
Profile: AhBC
Parent material: loess
Climate: humid continental[citation needed]

Chernozem (Ukrainian: Чорнозем, transliterated: chornozem; Russian: чернозём, transliterated: chernozyom; Serbo-Croatian: Чернозем/Černozem, Bulgarian: Чернозем, transliterated: chernozem; meaning: black soil), also known as "black land"[1] or "black earth", is a black-coloured soil containing a high percentage of humus[2] 7% to 15%, and high percentages of phosphoric acids, phosphorus and ammonia. Chernozem is very fertile and produces a high agricultural yield.


Where found

Global distribution

There are two "Chernozem belts" in the world: from Northern Serbia, northern Bulgaria (Danubian Plain) and southern Romania (Wallachian Plain), to northeast Ukraine across the Black Earth Region and southern Russia into Siberia, and the other in the Canadian Prairies. Similar soil types occur in Texas and Hungary. It has a large depth, often more than 40 inches (1 m) and up to 250 inches (6 metres) in Ukraine. The terrain can also be found in small quantities elsewhere (for example, on 1% of Polish territory). It also exists in Northeast China, near Harbin.

The sale of agricultural land has been illegal in Ukraine since 1992; despite this a black market in farmland there is one of the largest illegal markets in farmland, with approximately $900 million in annual sale.[3]

Canadian and United Nations soil classification

Chernozemic soils are a soil type in the Canadian system of soil classification and the United Nations' FAO soil classification.

They develop deep cracks during hot weather, which helps in the proper aeration of the soil. These soils are sticky when wet and difficult to work on unless tilled immediately after the first shower or during the pre-monsoon period.[citation needed]

Chernozemic soil type equivalents, in Canadian, FAO, and USA soil taxonomy
Canadian FAO United States
Chernozemic Kastanozem, Chernozem, Greyzem, Phaeozem Borolls
Brown Chernozem Kastanozem (aridic) Aridic Boroll subgroups
Dark Brown Chernozem Kastanozem (Haplic) Typic Boroll subgroups
Black Chernozem Chernozem Udic Boroll subgroups
Dark Grey Chernozem Greyzem Boralfic Boroll subgroups, Albolls

See also


  1. ^ "blackland". Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  2. ^ "chernozem". Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  3. ^ Black market for black earth, Kyiv Post (9 November 2011)

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