NCSS Soil Characterization Database

Metadata Updated: November 10, 2020

The National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) Soil Characterization Database is a web application that allows you to generate, print, and download reports containing soil characterization data from the National Soil Survey Center (NSSC) Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory (KSSL) and cooperating laboratories. The data are stored and maintained by the NSSC–KSSL. Data can be viewed onscreen or downloaded in comma-delimited text files for use in other applications.

The database of the Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory (KSSL), National Soil Survey Center, currently contains analytical data for more than 20,000 pedons of U. S. soils and about 1,100 pedons from other countries. Standard morphological pedon descriptions are available for about 15,000 of these pedons. Partial data for pedons currently being analyzed may be unavailable. Soil fertility measurements, such as those made by Agricultural Experiment Stations, were not made. Most of the data were obtained over the last 40 years. About 3/4 of the data is less than 20 years old. Analytical data for most of the pedons is fairly complete, according to the prevailing view of the research and characterization needs when the pedon was sampled. Generally, the kinds of analyses have increased over time.

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: Creative Commons CCZero

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Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2020
Data Update Frequency R/P1D

Metadata Source

Harvested from USDA JSON

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2020
Publisher NRCS
Unique Identifier Unknown
Identifier NRCS0093
Data First Published 2020-05-20
Data Last Modified 2020-05-20
Category Geospatial, National Geospatial Data Asset, Soils Theme
Public Access Level public
Data Update Frequency R/P1D
Bureau Code 005:53
Metadata Context
Schema Version
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Harvest Source Id d3fafa34-0cb9-48f1-ab1d-5b5fdc783806
Harvest Source Title USDA JSON
Homepage URL
Metadata Type geospatial
Program Code 005:027
Related Documents
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Source Hash 763d7536ca44dff2ed7497875b351578e9707714
Source Schema Version 1.1
Spatial United State, Territories, Commonwealths, Island Nations

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