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Computerized Processing and Storing of Soil Descriptions and Characterization Data1


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  1. Vol. 44 No. 3, p. 649-652
    Received: Nov 5, 1979
    Accepted: Jan 7, 1980

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  1. Neil E. Smeck,
  2. L. D. Norton,
  3. G. F. Hall and
  4. J. M. Bigham2



In Ohio, an interactive time-sharing computer is utilized to process, store, and retrieve soil morphological, chemical, physical, and mineralogical data for pedons analyzed by the Ohio Soil Characterization Laboratory. Morphological information is coded into the computer using connotative abbreviations for soil parameters such as texture, structure, and color, while the computer is used to process this information into narrative-like profile descriptions. Chemical, physical, and mineralogical data are stored either directly from calculations or entered from data sheets and printed out in a fixed format. The time involved preparing and editing morphological descriptions and soil data sheets has been reduced by as much as one half.

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