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Myakka Fine Sand

Florida State Soil

Myakka fine sand landscape (image from USDA: State Soils).

Official State Soil of Florida

Florida designated Myakka fine sand as the official state soil in 1989. Myakka (pronounced "My-yak-ah;" a Native American word for "big waters"), is a native soil of Florida and does not occur in any other state. All State Soils

The State of Florida has the largest total acreage of Aquods (wet, sandy soils with an organic-stained subsoil layer) on flatwood landforms in the nation (occurring in more than 1.5 million acres). Soil conservation is very important in Florida (agriculture is a significant industry).