Ajar Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Location:Afghanistan
IUCN Category:IV
Area:158,064 acres (63,966 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data
Köppen climate classification:Dsb (Climate: snow; Precipitation: summer dry; Temperature: warm summer)

Ecoregions

Afghan Mountains semi-desert
Ghorat-Hazarajat alpine meadow
Paropamisus xeric woodlands

Soils

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Protected Area Boundary
 AB
   
Share25 %25 %25 %33 %33 %
Soil TypeLithosolsRankersCambisolsLithosolsXerosols
Topsoil TextureMediumMediumMediumMediumMedium
Reference Depth10 cm30 cm100 cm10 cm100 cm
DrainageImperfectlyImperfectlyModerately wellImperfectlyModerately well
Available Water Capacity15 mm50 mm150 m15 mm150 m
Topsoil Properties
Gravel26 %10 %8 %26 %4 %
Sand43 %48 %43 %43 %45 %
Silt34 %31 %36 %34 %32 %
Clay23 %21 %21 %23 %23 %
USDA TextureLoamLoamLoamLoamLoam
Reference Bulk Density1.39 g/cm³1.42 g/cm³1.4 g/cm³1.39 g/cm³1.4 g/cm³
Bulk Density1.3 g/cm³1.45 g/cm³1.35 g/cm³1.3 g/cm³1.33 g/cm³
Organic Carbon1.4 %1.43 %1.04 %1.4 %0.52 %
PH7.65.16.37.67.9
Clay Cation Exchange Capacity42 cmol kg⁻¹18 cmol kg⁻¹44 cmol kg⁻¹42 cmol kg⁻¹50 cmol kg⁻¹
Soil Cation Exchange Capacity15 cmol kg⁻¹9 cmol kg⁻¹13 cmol kg⁻¹15 cmol kg⁻¹15 cmol kg⁻¹
Base Saturation100 %47 %78 %100 %100 %
Total Exchangeable Bases15.6 cmol kg⁻¹3.7 cmol kg⁻¹9.8 cmol kg⁻¹15.6 cmol kg⁻¹22.6 cmol kg⁻¹
Calcium Carbonate3.9 %0 %0 %3.9 %6.2 %
Calcium Sulphate0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %
Exchangeable Sodium4 %2 %1 %4 %2 %
Electrical Conductivity0.1 dS m-10.1 dS m-10.1 dS m-10.1 dS m-10.4 dS m-1
Subsoil Properties
Gravel  13 % 3 %
Sand  42 % 42 %
Silt  34 % 30 %
Clay  24 % 28 %
USDA Texture  Loam Clay loam
Reference Bulk Density  1.38 g/cm³ 1.36 g/cm³
Bulk Density  1.4 g/cm³ 1.37 g/cm³
Organic Carbon  0.43 % 0.3 %
PH  6.6 8
Clay Cation Exchange Capacity  41 cmol kg⁻¹ 45 cmol kg⁻¹
Soil Cation Exchange Capacity  12 cmol kg⁻¹ 15 cmol kg⁻¹
Base Saturation  92 % 100 %
Total Exchangeable Bases  11 cmol kg⁻¹ 29.1 cmol kg⁻¹
Calcium Carbonate  0 % 9 %
Calcium Sulphate  0 % 0.1 %
Exchangeable Sodium  1 % 3 %
Electrical Conductivity  0.1 dS m-1 0.7 dS m-1
Soil data provided by FAO/IIASA/ISRIC/ISSCAS/JRC, 2012. Harmonized World Soil Database (version 1.2). FAO, Rome, Italy and IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
Köppen climate classification provided by Kottek, M., J. Grieser, C. Beck, B. Rudolf, and F. Rubel, 2006: World Map of Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification updated. Meteorol. Z., 15, 259-263