Penistaja -- New Mexico State Soil
Penistaja Soil Profile
|Penistaja soils are extensive in New Mexico, where
they have an extent of more than 1 million acres. They are very productive rangeland soils
and are excellent for livestock grazing, wildlife habitat, and recreation. The Penistaja
series was named after a small farming and stock-raising community in northwest New
Mexico. Penistaja is a Navajo name meaning forced to sit.
Penistaja soils occur in a beautiful Southwest setting of sandstone mesas, snow-capped
mountains, and desert grasslands.
Penistaja soils formed in mixed alluvium and eolian material derived from sandstone and shale. The mean annual precipitation is about 12 inches, and the mean annual soil temperature is about 51 degrees F.
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