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Rationale for concepts in Soil Taxonomy

This monograph summarizes and discusses the various rationale behind many of the concepts implicit in Soil Taxonomy.

The Guy Smith Interviews: Rationale for Concepts in Soil Taxonomy (PDF; 3.12 MB)

The Guy Smith Interviews: Rationale for Concepts in Soil Taxonomy (DOC; 3.12 MB)

These concepts and rationale were presented in a series of interviews by the late Dr. Guy D. Smith in 1980-81. The interviews covered by this monograph were held at Cornell University in 1980; by Dr. H. Eswaran in Ghent, Belgium in 1980; by Dr. M. Leamy in Ghent, Belgium in 1980; at the University of Minnesota in 1981; at Texas Tech University (not Texas A&M University) in 1980; in Maracay, Venezuela in 1981; and by Dr. J. Witty and Dr. R. Guthrie in Belgium in 1980. There is also the text of a lecture that Dr. Smith delivered at the Department of Soil Science, University of the West Indies on February 6, 1981.

The microfiche included with the original publication contains 479 pages of transcribed dialogue of the original taped interviews. The microfiche has been converted to the PDF files listed below. These file were processed using OCR (optical character recognition), so that they are searchable. If the OCR could not recognize a character, then that text will not show up in a search. This is especially noticeable if text is cut and pasted into a document.

Interview by Dr. M. Leamy in Ghent, Belgium (PDF; 4.3 MB)

Interview by Dr. J. Witty and Dr. R. Guthrie in Belgium (PDF; 1.3 MB)

Interview at the Agronomy Department of Cornell University (PDF; 11.1 MB)

Interview at the Agronomy Department of the University of Minnesota (PDF; 20.0 MB)

Interview by Dr. H. Eswaran in Ghent, Belgium (PDF; 1.5 MB)

Lecture Given at the University of West Indies (PDF; 1.3 MB)

Interview at the Agronomy Department of Texas Tech University (PDF; 19.5 MB)

Interview by Coplanar Staff and J. Comerma in Maracay, Venezuela (PDF; 7.2 MB)