The Web Soil Survey (WSS) is an interactive website where current soil survey information can be viewed, explored and printed without having to download the database to your computer. Use the WSS to access soil information on areas less than or equal to 10,000 acres.
Determine where soil tabular and spatial data is available.
Download data for one soil survey area at a time. (Download requests for more than one survey area at a time can be submitted through the Geospatial Data Gateway. Going through the Geospatial Data Gateway also provides the option to obtain data on CD or DVD.)
Download a template Microsoft Access® database for working with downloaded data.
Generate a variety of reports for one soil survey area at a time.
Find out who to contact for information about soil data for a particular state.
"Subscribe" or "unsubscribe" to a soil survey area. A person who is subscribed will automatically be notified whenever data for that soil survey area is updated. You must register and login before doing this.
The Geospatial Data Gateway provides one stop shopping for natural resources or environmental data at anytime, from anywhere, to anyone. The data gateway allows you to choose your area of interest, browse and select data from our catalog, customize the format, and have it downloaded or shipped on CD or DVD. You can also request multiple soil survey datasets.
Soil Data Viewer is a free downloadable tool built as an extension to ArcMap 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.
This site gives you access to the official description approved by the Natural Resources Conservation Service that defines a specific soil series in the United States. These official soil series descriptions are descriptions of the taxa in the series category of the national system of classification. They mainly serve as specifications for identifying and classifying soils.