Soil Survey

Web Soil Survey

Online Web Soil Survey  - Official USDA soil information as viewable maps and tables for more than 3200 soil surveys.

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Web Soil Survey 3.1 New Features

Updated Surveys

Frequently Asked Questions

Tips and Shortcuts

Guide to Maps, Reports, and Tables in Web Soil Survey (PDF; 279 KB)

Status Map of Soil Surveys Available from Web Soil Survey (PDF; 7.13 MB)

Web Soil Survey 3.0 Brochure (PDF; 2.16 MB)
     Spanish version (PDF; 2.18 MB)

Web Soil Survey Factsheet (PDF; 1.22 MB)

Web Soil Survey 3.0 Enhancements (PDF; 17 KB)

NRCS Improves Soils Data for Growing Customer Base (PDF; 604 KB)

Historical Soil Survey Publications

How to Use a Soil Survey - basic information on utilizing a soil survey.

Listing of Soil Surveys by State - current and out-of-print soil surveys and contact information for requesting a paper or CD copy.

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History of Soil Survey

Guy’s War - A website dedicated to Guy D. Smith (former director of the Soil Conservation Service).

Guy Smith Award - Information about the award presented by the International Union of Soil Sciences.

Dr. Richard Arnold’s collection of papers (PDF; 841 KB) - Dr. Arnold was the Director of the Soil Science Division from 1980 to 1996.

USDA-SCS Soils Staffs (PDF; 46.1 MB) - Staffing directories from 1953 to 2000.

Soil Science Institute (PDF; 1.88 MB) - A brief history of the training sessions held from 1960 to present.

Soil Survey Centennial Celebration (1899-1999)

Celebrating 100 Years -- Photos from the Past (PDF; 419 KB)

Centennial Highlights -- Papers from the 1998 SWCS Annual Conference (PDF; 527 KB)

Centennial of the Soil Survey Program (PPT; 313 KB)

History of Soil Survey (PPT; 15 MB)

Million-Acre Mappers

A list of soil scientists who have mapped one million acres in their careers.