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Lab Data Mart Webpage and Map Updated: Soil Data at Your Fingertips

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Soil Data at Your Fingertips

Lincoln, NE ‒ October 15, 2020 ‒ The NRCS National Soil Survey Center recently released geochemical data to the interactive map “National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) Soil Characterization.”  The map links to a national database of soil characterization data and allows you to locate pedons that have been analyzed.  A pedon is the smallest unit of soil containing all the soil horizons of a particular soil type. Clicking on a pedon location in the map enables you to access lab data about that pedon. The map is also available from the NCSS Soil Characterization Basic Query website at (click the icon at the bottom left of the page).

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“The map gives users nationwide a means to view data that can be used by educators, scientists, farmers, landowners, schools, soil judging teams, the general public and more,” said Andy Paolucci, Wisconsin State Soil Health Specialist/Assistant State Soil Scientist.“The map lets you search for lab data by using filters or by exploring places you care about across the globe,” explained Dylan Beaudette, NRCS Soil Scientist.Interested users can query by location of interest and have soil data available at their fingertips.

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The map can assist scientists in developing conservation models for validating outcomes of conservation practices. Users can pinpoint spots using location panels, full-screen maps and latitude and longitude. “Our new interactive map provides online access to our rapidly growing collection of lab data,” explained Skye Wills, National Leader for Soil Science Research.

Soil scientists, hydrogeologists, municipal water-utility operators and water-quality regulators use soils lab data to understand the subsurface.  The data viewer includes over 50,000 individual soil samples from across the world.  Soil sample data can also be viewed in reports.

  • The map offers options for selecting different base maps and options for adding soil-color maps by depth-slice.
  • The map offers you to search by location or to go-to your current location.
  • The map allows you to search by soil series or geographic location.
  • The map allows you to download characterization data for a selection of points. The data can then be used in other applications.

Following are specific map features.

  • The map offers two ways to search for lab pedons: Filters and search bar. 
  • The soil map is streamed from Soil Data Access web services, and the popups for each pedon include several lab reports.
  • Examples

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The map allows you to use the filter to search by series or create your own query using the icon located on the bottom left of the screen caption below.

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You can use the filter to search by soil series or soil classification. You can also create your own queries by clicking the icon in the lower right corner of the filter menu.

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The image above shows soils filtered by the soil classification “Paleustolls.” 

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To filter by soil series or soil classification, type in the soil series name or part of a soil classification and turn the filter switch to on (green).

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To learn more about soils or to get assistance, click here to contact your State Soil Scientist.


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