USDA soil taxonomy


USDA soil taxonomy

USDA Soil Taxonomy developed by United States Department of Agriculture and the National Cooperative Soil Survey provides an elaborate classification of soil types according to several parameters (most commonly their properties) and in several levels: "Order", "Suborder", "Great Group", "Subgroup", "Family", and "Series".

Example of classification of a soil type

Order: Entisols :Suborder: Fluvents ::Great Group: Torrifluvents:::Subgroup: Typic Torrifluvents ::::Family: Fine-loamy, mixed, superactive, calcareous, Typic Torrifluvents:::::Series: Jocity, Youngston.

Another Example

Order: Alfisols:Suborder: Xeralfs::Great Group: Durixeralfs:::Subgroup: Abruptic Durixeralfs::::Family: Fine, Mixed, Active, thermic Abruptic Durixeralfs:::::Series: San Joaquin (soil)Link to Official Series Description: ftp://ftp-fc.sc.egov.usda.gov/NSSC/StateSoil_Profiles/ca_soil.pdf

Orders

*Alfisols
*Andisols
*Aridisols
*Entisols
*Gelisols
*Histosols
*Inceptisols
*Mollisols
*Oxisols
*Spodosols
*Ultisols
*Vertisols

ee also

* FAO soil classification
* International Committee on Anthropogenic Soils (ICOMANTH)
* Soil classification
* 1938 USDA soil taxonomy

External links

* [http://soils.usda.gov/technical/classification/taxonomy/ USDA / NRCS soil taxonomy webpage]
* [ftp://ftp-fc.sc.egov.usda.gov/NSSC/Soil_Taxonomy/tax.pdf Soil taxonomy document]
* [http://www.itc.nl/personal/rossiter/research/rsrch_ss_class.html A Compendium of On-Line Soil Survey Information: Soil Classification Systems]
* [http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/ USDA-NRCS Web Soil Survey]


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