Seasonal or periodic soil saturation zones shall be estimated at the highest level of soil mottles. The code official shall require, where deemed necessary, a detailed description of the soil mottling on a marginal site. The abundance, size, contrast and color of the soil mottles shall be described in the following manner:
Abundance shall be described as "few" if the mottled color occupies less than 2 percent of the exposed surface; "common" if the mottled color occupies from 2 to 20 percent of the exposed surface; or "many" if the mottled color occupies more than 20 percent of the exposed surface. Size refers to length of the mottle measured along the longest dimension and shall be described as "fine" if the mottle is less than 0.196 inch (5 mm); medium if the mottle is from 0.196 inch to 1.590 inches (5 mm to 40 mm); or coarse if the mottle is larger than 1.590 inches (40 mm). Contrast refers to the difference in color between the soil mottle and the background color of the soil and is described as "faint" if the mottle is evident but recognizable with close examination; "distinct" if the mottle is readily seen but not striking; or "prominent" if the mottle is obvious and one of the outstanding features of the horizon. The color(s) of the mottle(s) shall be indicated.