Inceptisols are young soils that are more developed than entisols. These soils are found in arctic tundra environments, glacial deposits, and relatively recent deposits of stream alluvium. Common characteristics of recognition include immature development of eluviation in the A horizon and illuviation in the B horizon, and evidence of the beginning of weathering processes on parent material sediments.
Inceptisols have altered horizons but have not weathered enough to become illuvial horizons ( the root ept comes from the Latin word inceptum for beginning). These are young or in the beginning stage of soil formation. Many are shallow to bedrock, or occur on steeply sloping land. These soils occur in a wide range of temperature and moisture environments.