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  1. Organic Farming, Pest Control and Remediation of Soil Pollutants (Sustainable Agriculture Reviews)
  2. The Fertile Earth: Nature's Energies in Agriculture, Soil Fertilisation and Forestry (The Eco-Technology Series, Volume 3) by Viktor Schauberger, 2001-03
  3. The Soil and Health: A Study of Organic Agriculture (Culture of the Land) by Albert Howard, 2007-01-12
  4. Soil Science Simplified by Neal Eash, Cary J. Green, et all 2008-05-02
  5. Environmental Soil Science, Third Edition (Books in Soils, Plants, and the Environment) by Kim H. Tan, 2009-04-23
  6. Soil: The 1957 Yearbook of Agriculture by Unknown, 1957
  7. Tropical Soils: Properties and Management for Sustainable Agriculture (Topics in Sustainable Agronomy) by Anthony S. R. Juo, Kathrin Franzluebbers, 2003-09-18
  8. The Spirit of the Soil: Agriculture and Environmental Ethics (Environmental Philosophies) by Paul B. Thompson, 1994-12-14
  9. Rebels for the Soil: The Rise of the Global Organic Food and Farming Movement by Matthew Reed, 2010-07
  10. Keys to Soil Taxonomy by Soil Survey Staff, Natural Resources Conservation Service, et all 2007-06-01
  11. The Biochar Debate: Charcoal's Potential to Reverse Climate Change and Build Soil Fertility (The Schumacher Briefings) by James Bruges, 2010-01-21
  12. Organic Soils and Peat Materials for Sustainable Agriculture
  13. Soil Erosion Research Methods by Soil and Water Conservation Society (U. S.), R. Lal, 1994-05-01
  14. Soil Physics: Agriculture and Environmental Applications by H. Don Scott, 2000-09-11

1. NRCS Soils
NRCS data and related information, including soil survey manuals, classifications, lists of published soil surveys (some online), general information about soils, and related

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Welcome to the NRCS Soils Website.
Helping People Understand Soils
Soils is part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey, an effort of Federal and State agencies, universities, and professional societies to deliver science-based soil information.
Application of Soil Survey To Assess the Effects of Land Management Practices on Soil and Water Quality
Soil Survey Investigations Report No. 52, Application of Soil Survey To Assess the Effects of Land Management Practices on Soil and Water Quality, is now available online. This report describes a study using an exploratory technique developed by NRCS to estimate the loss of nitrogen and phosphorus caused by runoff and leaching in agricultural watersheds. The study included watersheds in Nebraska and West Virginia. The

2. Soil - Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
soils with humus can vary in nitrogen content but have 3 to 6 percent nitrogen typically; humus, as a reserve of nitrogen and phosphorus, is a vital component affecting soil
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation search For other uses, see Soil (disambiguation) A represents soil; B represents laterite , a regolith ; C represents saprolite , a less-weathered regolith; D represents bedrock Loess field in Germany Surface-water- gley developed in glacial till , Northern Ireland Soil is a natural body consisting of layers ( soil horizons ) of mineral constituents of variable thicknesses, which differ from the parent materials in their morphological , physical, chemical, and mineralogical characteristics. It is composed of particles of broken rock that have been altered by chemical and environmental processes that include weathering and erosion . Soil differs from its parent rock due to interactions between the lithosphere hydrosphere atmosphere , and the biosphere It is a mixture of mineral and organic constituents that are in solid, gaseous and aqueous states. Soil particles pack loosely, forming a soil structure filled with pore spaces. These pores contain soil solution (liquid) and air (gas). Accordingly, soils are often treated as a three

3. Natural Resources And Environment: Soils
On this section you may find a list of useful maps on land and soils issues such as land cover, land use systems, problem soils and dominant soils, developed by FAO.
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Soils and Maps
On this section you may find a list of useful maps on land and soils issues such as land cover, land use systems, problem soils and dominant soils, developed by FAO.
If you seek more details about the maps click on an individual map title and you will be brought to the related detailed table if available or go directly to the Online Resource. More than 4000 maps in digital and paper format about soil issues are published on GeoNetwork
Title: Cation exchange Capacity (soil) - subsoil Keywords : Cation Exchange Capacity (soil) - Subsoil, Cations, Soil, Kaolinites, DSMW, Digital Soil Map of the World, World
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Online Resource Digital Media Series Title: C/N Ratio Class- Topsoil Keywords: C/N Ratio Class - TOPSOIL, Carbon, Nitrogen, Ratio, DSMW, Digital Soil Map of the World, World
Online Resource
Digital Media Series Title: Organic Carbon Pool - Topsoil ( up to 30 cm) Keywords: Organic carbon pool - TOPSOIL (up to 30 cm), Organic, Carbon, Pool, DSMW, Digital Soil Map of the World, World
Online Resource
Digital Media Series Title: Effective Soil depth (cm) Keywords: Effective Soil Depth ( cm ), Roots, Soil Moisture, Soil Health, Terrastat, Digital Soil Map of the World, World

4. Photo Gallery | NRCS Soils
Contains representative pictures of soil orders plus profile and landscape pictures of more specific soils.

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  • NRCS Photo Gallery - contains natural resource and conservation related photos from across the United States. Earth Science World Imagebank - provided by the American Geological Institute (AGI) for the public, educators, and the geoscience community.
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5. Structural Soils Ltd (UK) - Site Investigation Contractors
Structural soils Ltd, Bristol, UK. Comprehensive site investigation services contractor.
Contact Us HEAD OFFICE - The Old School, Stillhouse Lane, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4EB, UK. Tel: 0117 947 1000, Fax: 0117 947 1004. E-mail - BRANCH OFFICE - The Potteries, Pottery Street, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 1NJ, UK. Tel: 01977 552255, Fax: 01977 552299. Email - BRANCH OFFICE - 18 Frogmore Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 9RT, UK. Tel: 01442 416 660, Fax: 01442 437550, Email - BRANCH OFFICE - 65 Sussex Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G41 1DX, UK. Tel: 0141 4180471, Fax: 0141 4294566, Email - Castleford Laboratory gains UKAS accreditation Structural Soils Ltd certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001
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6. Soil Data Mart - Help.
Data and other resources on soils, soil taxonomy, and U.S. soil surveys.

7. Welcome To The Sudbury Soils Study
The Sudbury soils Study is an open, public process that will evaluate the levels of metals and chemicals such as nickel, copper, cobalt and arsenic and others that have been found

8. World Soil Resources | NRCS Soils
The site provides maps, pictures, and technical information on global soil resources.

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9. Soil
There are many different kinds and types of soils. Each has certain characteristics including a specific color and composition.
The Topic:
Easier - Soil is the loose top layer of our planet's crust. It is dirt or earth in which plant life can grow. Harder - Soil covers a major portion of the earth's land surface. It is an important natural resource that either directly or indirectly supports most of the planet's life. Life here depends upon soil for food. Plants are rooted in soil and obtain needed nutrients there. Animals get their nutrients from plants or from other animals that eat plants. Many animals make their homes or are sheltered in the soil. Microbes in the soil cause the breakdown and decay of dead organisms, a process that in turn adds more nutrients to the soil. Soil is a mixture of mineral and organic materials plus air and water. The contents of soil varies in different locations and is constantly changing. There are many different kinds and types of soils. Each has certain characteristics including a specific color and composition. Different kinds of soils support the growth of different types of plants and also determine how well that plant life grows. Soil is formed slowly, but can be easily destroyed. Therefore, soil conservation is important for continued support of life.

10. USI Home
United soils, Inc. is owned and operated by Dave and Sue Allen of Fairbury, IL. The business was started in 1993 as a field office with two employees and a 32' X 36' building.
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Although our growth can be credited to many things, customer service is our main priority. The owners and staff of United Soils are continuously working to maintain and strengthen their service to the customers.
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11. Soil Science Society Of America
Aims to advance the discipline and practice of soil science.

12. Soil Orders
This system for classifying soils is one of the most widely used soil classification systems in the world. Collection of information and images to illustrate the distribution
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The Twelve Soil Orders
Soil Taxonomy
In 1975, Soil Taxonomy was published by the United States Department of Agriculture's Soil Survey Staff. This system for classifying soils has undergone numerous changes since that time, and the 2nd edition was published in 1999. Soil Taxonomy remains one of the most widely used soil classification systems in the world.
At the highest level, Soil Taxonomy places soils in one of 12 categories known as orders. We have put together a collection of information and images to illustrate the distribution, properties, ecological significance, and use of these 12 soil orders.
To view these resources, simply select a link from the list on the right.
Information about each

of the 12 soil orders
US Distribution Map
of the 12 soil orders
... Soil Taxonomy
For information about the World Reference Base for Soil Resources, visit this web site: World Reference Base
for Soil Resources
If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions about the 12 Soil Orders web site, please contact

13. Soils & Engineering Services
Who is SES? soils Engineering Services, Inc. (SES) is a familyowned and operated consulting engineering firm located in Madison, Wisconsin.
Who is SES? (SES) is a family-owned and operated consulting engineering firm located in Madison, Wisconsin. We have been serving clients on projects located in the Madison area, as well as throughout Wisconsin, upper Michigan, northern Illinois, and eastern Iowa since the company was started on April 1, 1966. We are a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). SES is a consulting engineering firm specializing in geotechnical and environmental services; monitoring well and piezometer installations; geotechnical and environmental drilling and sampling; and materials testing of soils, aggregate, concrete, hot-mix asphalt, emulsified asphalt, masonry blocks, and bricks. Our staff includes engineers, technicians, drillers and administrative support personnel. We have seven drilling rigs plus field and laboratory testing equipment. Our laboratory is AASHTO-accredited for testing concrete, aggregate, and hot-mix asphalt. We are a WisDOT-approved laboratory for testing soils, concrete, aggregate, and hot-mix asphalt. Our project experience includes testing concrete and base course materials under the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Quality Management Program (QMP) for bridges, culverts, and roadways. We provide quality assurance testing for other engineering firms on airport construction projects for runways, taxiways, and aprons. This work includes testing concrete, asphalt, base course, and subgrade materials both on-site and in our laboratory

14. Soils,
About soils You say “dirt,” we say “soil.” Either way, there’s more to that brown (or red) stuff than meets the eye. While soil is largely composed of nonliving minerals
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About Soils
You say “dirt,” we say “soil.” Either way, there’s more to that brown (or red) stuff than meets the eye. While soil is largely composed of nonliving minerals, it’s also full of microscopic bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes and other soil organisms, so it needs to be treated well. The articles here dig into this important matter, including the importance of soil testing and amendments . Uncover this dirty gardening secret – and help your garden grow!
What's Inside
Many garden articles describe a fertile soil as “loamy,” but what does that mean? Understand the basics of soil types to help identify what you’ve got to work with in your yard. Once you know what type of soil have, you’ll be better prepared to help your garden grow! Improving Soil
Whether you’re growing plants in the ground or in containers, the soil you use is critical for gardening success. How you go about improving it depends on a number of factors. Check out the articles here to help you determine your garden’s needs. Advertise Contact Us Help

15. S5chap2
Brief definitions and pictures of the US 12 soil orders .University of Minnesota, Soil, Water and Climate department.
Unit 5 - Classifying Soils Using Soil Taxonomy
Chapter 2 - The Twelve Soil Orders
Each of the world's soils is assigned to one of the twelve orders, largely on the basis of soil properties. The properties are a result of the five soil forming factors acting on the parent material over time. Emphasis for placing a soil into a soil Order is determined by the presence or absence of the diagnostic features. It is interesting to note that other countries may have different classification systems, but most are similar to the system used in the USA. The United Nations FAO Soil Map of the World, uses a different system that has 31 major soil groups. A summary of characteristics, a sample profile, and the the diagnostic features present are given for each of the 12 soil orders. Be sure to look at the map for each order to see its location in the U.S.A. US SOILS MAP . You will also need to know where the orders are located in the world. World Soils Map Ent isols : Soils that have little or slight development and properties that reflect their parent material ( ent root from the word recent ). They include soils on steep slopes, flood plains, and sand dunes. They also form on very resistant rock or deep deposits of sand. They occur in many environments. They have an ochric and none diagnostic features. The typical profile sequence would be A, C, or A, Bw, C (where the Bw is not cambic due to being too sandy).

16. University Of Wisconsin - Department Of Soil Science
Curious about Wisconsin soils? Click here to view a short primer (put together by Dr. Jim Bockheim) explaining the classification of this important resource.
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17. Soil Classification System Of England And Wales - SoilsWorldwide
A short introduction to UK soil classification system. Soil characteristics and soil classes. soilsWorldwide (National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield University)
Soil classification system of England and Wales
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  • Introduction Soil Classification and the Map Legend
    This document is designed to accompany the national soil map legend and briefly describes the constituent soil associations of the 1:250 000 (quarter inch to 1 mile) soil map of England and Wales held by Cranfield University. The soil classification, outlined briefly below, is treated more fully in Avery (1980) and in the revised classification of soil series by Clayden and Hollis (1984). The national soil map (or ‘Natmap’) is based on published soil maps which cover a quarter of the land at scales of 1:25 000, 1:63 360 or 1:100 000 and on reconnaissance mapping of previously unsurveyed areas. The legend shows geographic soil associations identified by the most frequently occurring soil series and by combinations of ancillary series. The map units are further identified by number codes and are coloured by dominant soil subgroups (or groups), of which sixty seven are recognised. The numbers of each code indicate the predominant major soil group, group and subgroup Thus, association 651a is dominated by soils of the Belmont series belonging to subgroup 6.51, the

18. State Soils | NRCS Soils
State soils. Click here to go directly to the list of states. What is a State Soil? A state soil is a soil that has special significance to a particular state.

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What is a State Soil?
A state soil is a soil that has special significance to a particular state. Each state in the United States has selected a state soil, twenty of which have been legislatively established. These Official State Soils share the same level of distinction as official state flowers and birds. Also, representative soils have been selected for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Areas with similar soils are grouped and labeled as soil series because their similar origins, chemical, and physical properties cause the soils to perform similarly for land use purposes. A soil series name generally is derived from a town or landmark in or near the area where the soil was first recognized. Each series consists of soils having major horizons that are similar in color, texture, structure, reaction, consistence, mineral and chemical composition, and arrangement in the soil profile. A soil profile is the sequence of natural layers, or horizons, in a soil. It extends from the surface downward to unconsolidated material. Most soils have three major horizons, called the surface horizon, the subsoil, and the substratum. The surface layer has the maximum accumulation of organic matter and is the horizon of maximum leaching of clay minerals and of iron and aluminum oxides. Some soils have a subsurface layer below the surface layer.

19. AZ Master Gardener Manual: Soil Classes
PRINCIPAL SURFACE SOIL CLASSES 1. Loam —When rubbed between the thumb and fingers, approximately equal influence of sand, silt, and clay is felt.
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Ch. 2, pp. 9 - 12 [Soils: soils properties caliche depth ... pH
Loam Textural Group Textural Classes Sandy Coarse Sand
Loamy Sand Loamy Moderately Course Sandy Loam Medium Loam
Silt Loam
Silt Moderately Fine Clay Loam
Sandy Clay Loam
Silty Clay Loam Clayey Fine Sandy Clay
Silty Clay
Clay Sandy loam Silt loam Silty clay loam Clay loam In general, the finer the texture: the more difficult a soil is to work or till, the greater the water holding capacity, the slower water will enter and move through the soil profile, the more difficult plant root penetration, the more readily surface soil will crust, and the more nutrient rich the soil. Regardless of textural class, all soils in Arizona contain sand, silt, and clay, although the amount of a particular particle class may be small. Other textural designations of surface soils are sands, loamy sands, sandy clay loams,silty clay, siltss, and clays. In each textural class there is a range in the amount of sand, silt, or clay that class may contain. These ranges can be expressed as a percentage for each soil texture. The percentages converge on the soil triangle to determine soil textural classes. The composition of each textural class does not allow for overlap from one class to another.

One of the identifying characteristics of wetlands, from both ecological and statutory points of view, is the presence of hydric, or wet, soils.
One of the identifying characteristics of wetlands, from both ecological and statutory points of view, is the presence of hydric, or wet, soils. Hydric soils are defined by the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as "soils that formed under conditions of saturation, flooding or ponding long enough during the growing season to develop anaerobic conditions in the upper part".
The three critical factors that must exist for the soil to be classified as hydric soil are saturation, reduction and redoximorphic features. When a dominant portion of the soil exhibits these three elements the soil is classified a hydric soil.
Saturation, the first factor, occurs when enough water is present to limit the diffusion of air into the soil. When the soil is saturated for extended periods of time a layer of decomposing organic matter accumulates at the soil surface.
Reduction, the second factor, occurs when the soil is virtually free of elemental oxygen. Under these conditions soil microbes must substitute oxygen?containing iron compounds in their respiratory process or cease their decomposition of organic matter.
Redoximorphic features, the third factor, include gray layers and gray mottles both of which occur when iron compounds are reduced by soil microbes in anaerobic soils. Iron, in its reduced form, is mobile and can be carried in the groundwater solution. When the iron and its brown color are thus removed, the soils show the gray color of their sand particles. The anaerobic, reduced zones can be recognized by their gray, blue, or blue?gray color. The mobilized iron tends to collect in aerobic zones within the soil where it oxidizes, or combines with additional oxygen, to form splotches of bright red?orange color called mottles. The mottles are most prevalent in the zones of fluctuating water and thus help mark the seasonal high water table.

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