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Compendium of On-Line Soil Survey Information

D.G. Rossiter from the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation has compiled the Compendium of On-Line Soil Survey Information. The Soil Survey Institutes & Activities page contains information about and links to soil survey institutes from around the world and the digital soil geographic databases they offer. Example institutes include Scotland's Macaulay Land Use...
Frozen Soil

This Topic in Depth explores the world of frozen soil, including permafrost and tundra. The first site is provided by the Missouri Botanical Gardens Web site, entitled Tundra (1). This kids focused site does a good job of clearly explaining what tundra is, where it's located, and what types of plants and animals are found within tundra areas, as well as offering a photo gallery. The second site,...
International Soil Reference and Information Centre

The International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC), which is associated with the Centre for Development and Environment, University of Berne, Switzerland, aims to "provide a better understanding of soils and to promote sustainable use of the land." The ISRIC Web site gives visitors several areas to explore, but of special note are the reports and publications link within the...
Internet Glossary of Soil Science Terms

The Soil Science Society of America's maintains the Internet Glossary of Soil Science Terms Web site. Visitors will find a searchable and browseable dictionary of hundreds of soil terms. Other resources include tables, which include terms for describing consistence of block-like specimens, pore size classification, and soil water terminology, as well as appendixes on soil taxonomy. A new feature...
NASIS: National Soil Information System

The National Soil Information System (NASIS) plays a role in the National Cooperative Soil Survey's goal of providing an active resource of soils information and "is designed to manage and maintain soil data from collection to dissemination." The website provides information and software downloads needed to access the NASIS system. Visitors can find helpful instructions on how to use the system as...
Natural Resources Conservation Service: Soil Education

The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides an array of materials to assist people with their understanding of soils. Through an online presentation, users can learn ten key points about soil characteristics and their importance. Teachers and students can find many fun activities including soil erosion and particle size demonstrations and soil songs. The website provides a great...
NSSC Soil Survey Laboratory: Soil Characterization Database

The National Soil Survey Center (NSSC), as part of the Natural Resource Conservation Service, maintains the Soil Survey Laboratory Soil Characterization Database. The application allows users to generate, print and download reports containing soil characterization data held by the NSSC Soil Survey Laboratory. Users are able to choose the location and particular pedon for each query and report...

The Nitrogen and Phosphorus Knowledge Web page is offered by Iowa State University Extension and the College of Agriculture. The publications page contains links to various newsletters, articles, publications, power point presentations, links to governmental publications, and more. For example, visitors will find articles written on phosphorous within the Integrated Crop Management Newsletter,...
Soil Data

The International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC) is described as a foundation for documentation, training and research on soils of the world, and serves the whole scientific community by assembling, scrutinizing, organizing and disseminating data and information. The ISRIC Web site contains some helpful online resources on the Soil Data page. These include international soil profile...
Soil Moisture

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center offers this useful data site on soil moisture across the US. Soil moisture data are provided here as color contour maps that represent calculated soil moisture, anomalies, and percentiles for the most recent day, monthly, and twelve-month time periods. Also provided here are 25-year average soil moisture & soil wetness summaries. In addition to providing recent and...
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