Geography of Denton County Page: 37
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DENTON COUNTY AS A WHOLE
ever the rocks of the Grand Prairie are more resistant
to dissection than the less-hard rocks of the Black
Prairie. The western half, also, has a deeper, tougher
subsoil of clay. According to the soil map of the county,
published by the Bureau of Soils, United States De-
partment of Agriculture, there are thirty-five different
soil types in the county. The Soil Conservation Hand-
book for the E. C. W. for Denton County, gives four-
teen different soil series, numbering 73 different soil /
types. (E. C. W. means Emergency Conservation'
Work, organized during President Franklin D. Roose-
velt's Administration). This is said to be the greatest
record for any county in Texas. The Grand Prairie
has about fifteen different series of soil; the Black
Prairie, which is about the same size as the Cross Tim-
bers belt, has seventeen different series; while there
are twenty-six different series in the Cross Timbers.
The Soil Survey of the county gives interesting detailed
characteristics on each type of soil. If a distinction in
general terms were made, relative to surface soil dif-
ferences in the three physiographic units, it might be
said the Grand Prairie and the Black Prairie have more
clay in soil composition and the Eastern Cross Timbers
more sand. Certainly each physiographic division of
the county has various gradations of combinations of
the three types, clay, sand, and limestone.
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/52/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.