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Helping People Understand Soils
Soils is part of the National Cooperative
Soil Survey, an effort of Federal and State agencies,
universities, and professional societies to deliver
science-based soil information.
Web Soil Survey Reports and Maps Available in
In an ongoing effort to meet our customer’s
needs, the Web Soil Survey, one of NRCS’
primary sources for soil survey data, now
provides reports and soil map unit descriptions
in Spanish. These translations are produced
through scripted programming in Web Soil Survey
and are available for every USDA
certified soil survey in the United States.
Translations of the reports were conducted by
bilingual soil scientists across the country.
The database elements, as well as Spanish
sentence structure, were translated for both map
unit description reports. This project was
coordinated through the National Soil Survey
Center. The Web Soil Survey is the largest USDA
web outreach site. It receives more than 100,000
visitors a month and more than 190,000 custom
soil survey reports were prepared in 2012. It
continues to grow in popularity and demand due
to its high responsiveness to customer needs.
Web Soil Survey is now prepared to serve even a
larger audience through this bilingual effort.
The newly released version of SoilWeb now works
across all types of devices (desktops,
smartphones, and tablets). It displays soil map
unit delineations overlain on Google base maps.
Users can view summaries of soil information for
their geographic location or anywhere soil
survey exists using Google’s online navigation
capability or the GPS location services of
mobile devices. SoilWeb is a collaborative
project between the University of California,
Davis Soil Resource Lab, and USDA-NRCS.
There are currently nine Soil Climate Research
Stations in Alaska. Data collected in
2010 and 2011 has been uploaded for each of
these stations: Atqasuk, Barrow 1, Barrow 2,
Betty Pingo, Sagwon 1, Sagwon 2, Toolik,
Westdock (high), and Westdock (low). The
stations primarily collect information on soil
temperature and moisture at various depths in
the active layer (seasonally thawed layer) and
upper permafrost. Readings are recorded hourly.
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Last Modified: 02/14/2013