ENGINEERING VALUES FROM SOIL TAXONOMY

MANY PROPERTIES OF ENGINEERING INTEREST CAN BE DEDUCED FROM THE CONNOTATIVE NOMENCLATURE OF SOIL TAXONOMY, THE PEDOLOGICAL SOIL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM ADOPTED FOR USE BY THE NATIONAL COOPERATIVE SOIL SURVEY IN 1965. THE SYSTEM IS BASED ON SOIL PROPERTIES THAT HAVE BEEN DEFINED QUANTITATIVELY AND NAMED. EACH SOIL CLASS NAME, IN TURN, IS COMPOSED OF WORD ELEMENTS TAKEN FROM THE NAMES OF THOSE PROPERTIES THAT ARE DIAGNOSTIC FOR THE SOIL CLASS. THE MAJOR FEATURES OF A SOIL PLACED WITHIN ANY CLASS ARE SIGNIFIED DIRECTLY BY THE SPECIFIC FORMATIVE ELEMENTS APPEARING IN THE SOIL CLASS NAME. THE DESCRIPTIONS AND FORMATIVE ELEMENTS OF SIX SURFACE HORIZONS (EPIPEDONS), 17 SUBSURFACE HORIZONS, 56 SPECIAL FEATURES, AND THE 20 SOIL CLASSES AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF THE SYSTEM (ORDERS), ARE PROVIDED. BECAUSE THE BASIS OF THIS PAPER IS USE OF SOIL TAXONOMY BY ENGINEERS, EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON THE NOMENCLATURE RATHER THAN THE STRUCTURE OF PHILOSOPHY OF THE SYSTEM. THE 39 FORMATIVE ELEMENTS CONSIDERED TO BE MOST INFORMATIVE FOR GENERAL ENGINEERING ANALYSIS ARE HIGHLIGHTED FOR HANDY REFERENCE. /AUTHOR/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 39-49
  • Monograph Title: Soil classification
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00230235
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309021553
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 20 1973 12:00AM