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Welcome to Soilmap.net!
Screenshot of a thematic map from Web Soil Survey
Screen shot of a thematic map overlay in GooglEarth (TM)
small page is a list of tools and resources that anyone can use to get data and maps
of soils in the U.S. Specifically NRCS/NCSS soils maps made by NRCS soil
scientists. Hard copy maps and data reports can be printed and you can save electronic copies (.pdf) files of the same information.
Who needs soil
- Farmers and Ranchers
Natural Resource Managers
- Land use
- Natural Science
Web Soil Survey (WSS)-
This is typically the "official" source of soil survey information that
NRCS field offices use unless otherwise directed in the Field
Office Tech Guides (such as HEL lists). This is a robust
interactive database and on-line GIS application in which you can get
all of the traditonal soil survey data but with much more
functionality to address your specific needs. Hard copy maps and
reports can be printed or saved from this site as well as GIS data
files (shape files) to use in your GIS application.
WSS online help - fairly straight forward help to get you going or solve your problem.
- Another good place to go for help. The powerpoint presentation isn't
always clear but if you stick to the ordered screenshots it should go
pretty well. Personally I would recommend that you first navigate
around the site and play with the options that interest you and then go
to the tutorial or online help.
Soil Data Mart
- This is the original location of official soil survey
information. There is no mapping capability but you can still run
reports and download GIS and tabular data (Access files).
It is likely that this site will soon be phased out in favor of
Soil Data Viewer - This
is a tool built as an extension to ArcMap GIS software by ESRI that
allows a user to create soil-based thematic maps. The application can
also be run independent of ArcMap, but output is then limited to a
tabular report. It is easier to use than ArcMap but it still requires a
good working knowledge of the ArcMap software.
SoilWeb - Want to know what soil you're standing on? Download this app for Android and iPhone.
The only downside is you have to be within 3G service. It would
be nice to have a map too but this is still a pretty neat app for agriculture
and natural resource geeks like us.
GIS Software (free)Not exactly soil maps (but they are good tools to use with soil map files).
- Open source GIS software with much of the same functionality as
ESRI's ArcGIS (which runs well over $1000 last I checked). I use it
frequently at home.
Google Earth (online)
ArcGIS Explorer (online)
Geospatial Data Gateway - A variety of free GIS data including ortho photo imagery.
- VERY useful interactive atlas where you can "find yourself" and
almost anything else. Topo Quad boundaries, PLSS, Roads, Water bodies,
biologic and agricultural data...tons o stuff. Go to the "Map Maker" link in the menu at the top of the page.
I also offer thematic soil map overlay files for use in any version of Google Earth(TM), or ArcGIS
Explorer(TM). They are as simple to use as any other Google layer, no
required (just open the file in the program).
maps illustrate a specific soil property, or interpretation, in a range
of color graphics. I can make themes of most of the properties listed
thematic maps generated in Web Soil Survey are great (and free) but
they are "static" and
cannot be manipulated or used in other software (GoogleEarth,
ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGIS). This may be possible in the future but it will likely
email: healthysoils at yahoo dot com
Thematic map notes:
- I use the
"dominant condition" algorithm when assigning values for themes -
unless another algorithm is requested, such as dominant component, most
limiting condition, or least limiting condition. In most cases dominant
condition is what most people want. ("Most limiting condition" is
basically a worst case scenario and thematically will be
as a sea of red in many cases - not very useful as a thematic map)
- I use "whole soil profile" for other themes that depict actual
numerical values such as soil chemical properties, unless otherwise
requested. Specific depths within the profile are also "allowed" if
maps typically will not have "straight" edges as I prefer not to cut polygons.
You will receive a map that covers slightly more than the area
you request (unless you're getting the whole county/survey
counties in the west are divided between 2 or more soil survey
areas. In this case 2 or more .kml or shape files will be produced per theme - 1
in the county.
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