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Soil Orders of Puerto Rico Map - June 2018Soil Orders of the U.S. Virgin Islands Map - June 2018The Caribbean Area, comprised of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, is part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) program. The National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) is a nationwide partnership of federal, regional, state, and local agencies and institutions. This partnership works together to cooperatively investigate, inventory, document, classify, and interpret soils and to disseminate, publish, and promote the use of information about the soils of the United States and its trust territories. The activities of the NCSS are carried out on national, regional, and state levels.

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Caribbean Area Soil Survey Status Map 2015Caribbean Area Soils Information

Caribbean Area Soils Publications by Area (the most up-to-date data can always be found on the Web Soil Survey):

  Highly Erodible Lands (HEL) Lists Hydric Soils Lists Prime & Other Important Farmlands Lists
Arecibo HEL Arecibo Arecibo Hydric Soils (PDF, 117 KB) Arecibo Farmlands (PDF, 152 KB)
El Yunque (included with Humacao HEL) El Yunque Hydric Soils (PDF, 115 KB) El Yunque Farmlands (PDF, 131 KB)
Humacao HEL Humacao Humacao Hydric Soils (PDF, 134 KB) Humacao Farmlands (PDF, 158 KB)
Mayagüez HEL Mayagüez Mayagüez Hydric Soils (PDF, 115 KB) Mayagüez Farmlands (PDF, 153 KB)
Ponce HEL Ponce Ponce Hydric Soils (PDF, 113 KB) Ponce Farmlands (PDF, 142 KB)
San German HEL Lajas San German Hydric Soils (PDF, 119 KB) San German Farmlands (PDF, 163 KB)
San Juan HEL San Juan San Juan Hydric Soils (PDF, 109 KB) San Juan Farmlands (PDF, 137 KB)
U.S. Virgin Islands HEL USVI USVI Hydric Soils (PDF, 109 KB) USVI Farmlands (PDF, 163 KB)
* Data Updated November 16, 2015

Other Soils Data & Links


Manuel Matos, State Soil Scientist, 787-766-6051 / 787-405-7600

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