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Book: Soil Science Step-by-Step Field Analysis
Published by: Soil Science Society of America

 

This chapter in SOIL SCIENCE STEP-BY-STEP FIELD ANALYSIS

  1.  p. 11-34
     
    Soil Science Step-by-Step Field Analysis

    Sally Logsdon, Dave Clay, Demie Moore and Teferi Tsegaye (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-856-8

     
    Published: 2008


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doi:10.2136/2008.soilsciencestepbystep.c2

Soil Profile Descriptions

  1. David Lindbo,
  2. Randy Miles,
  3. DeAnn Presley and
  4. Nora E. Ransom
  1. North Carolina State University Soil Science Dep., P.O. Box 762 Raleigh, NC 27695-7619 (david_lindbo@ncsu.edu)
    University of Missouri 302 Anheuser-Busch Bldg. Columbia, MO 65211 (MilesR@missouri.edu)
    Kansas State University 2014 Throckmorton Plant Sci. Ctr. Manhattan, KS 66506-5504 (deann@ksu.edu)
    Kansas State University Dep. of English, 108 E/CS Building Manhattan, Kansas 66506-6501 (nransom@ksu.edu)

Summary

Summary

Soil profile description forms the basis for understanding and communicating soil properties among soil scientists and other professionals. Professionals from many disciplines often prepare or use soil profile descriptions. We present a guide that will enable someone without a large amount of background knowledge or previous experience to complete very basic soil profile descriptions. The material presented for this chapter uses the U.S. system of soil taxonomy for horizon nomenclature (Soil Survey Staff, 1999, 2006), but the step-by-step soil profile description method is valid anywhere in the world.

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