Transferral of soil information among the disciplines concerned with soil is important. One of the traditional sources of basic soils information for engineering uses at the reconnaissance level has been the pedological maps and soil surveys prepared by the Soil Conservation Service. The new Soil Taxonomy incorporated by the Soil Conservation Service and other, cooperating agencies into all recent pedological mapping and reports contains key formative elements as building blocks for constructing soil classifications. Engineers may obtain useful information conscerning soils on a regional basis by becoming familiar with the new Soil Taxonomy. Individual soil profiles are classified and the formative elements give clues to general climatic conditions and more specific information on such criteria as soil moisture, texture, and soil particle mineralogy. Examples are given of information that can be inferred with accuracy, and limitations are stressed at category levels above the soil series. Soil series will remain the basic unit for engineering interpretations of soil surveys because of their familiarity and the availability of extensive quantitative data. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 24-27
  • Monograph Title: Soil taxonomy and soil properties
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  • Accession Number: 00179006
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026717
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1978 12:00AM