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Welcome to the NRCS Soils Website.

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 Spanish

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.

Photo of a smartphone running SoilWeb app.

SoilWeb App Updated

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.

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Picture of a soil climate research station at Toolik, Alaska.

2010 and 2011 Alaska Data

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