Identification

Title

Minnesota Soil Atlas

Abstract

The Soil Atlas project provides a consistent, statewide map series and GIS data set describing soil and landscape characteristics. The data is generalized. The scale of 1:250,000, or about 1/4 inch to 1 mile, makes it possible to show areas as small as 1 square mile. The data set and maps were created in the 1970's to provide information to support generalized planning over broad areas. The maps were not intended to replace the detailed soil surveys, but to provide a more general overview, and to provide make soil description information available until such a time as soil surveys were completed statewide. The Soil Atlas map series was developed by the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate of the University of Minnesota, in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (previously Soil Conservation Service), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Minnesota Geological Survey. Two main descriptors of soils are groupings of Soil Landscape Units based on a number of factors (soil texture of the rooting zone, soil texture below the rooting zone, drainage, and color), and delineations of Geomorphic Regions, which illustrate broad physiographic features and provide some characterization of the parent materials of the soils. Further soils characterizations are derived from these primary categories. Printed maps were converted to EPPL raster GIS format via grid-cell coding by the Minnesota Land Management Information System at the University of Minnesota (now the Land Management Information Center).

Resource type

dataset

Resource locator

Unique resource identifier

code

codeSpace

Dataset language

Spatial reference system

code identifying the spatial reference system

Additional information source

Minnesota

Classification of spatial data and services

Topic category

Keywords

Geographic location

West bounding longitude

-97.5

East bounding longitude

-89.0

North bounding latitude

49.5

South bounding latitude

43.0

Temporal reference

Temporal extent

Begin position

End position

Dataset reference date

date type

publication

effective date

2004-01-01

Frequency of update

notPlanned

Quality and validity

Lineage

This lineage was generated by the FGDC CSDGM to 19139 transformation

Conformity

Data format

name of format

EPPL7, shapefile

version of format

Constraints related to access and use

Constraint set

Use constraints

Limitations: Although extensive effort has been made to produce error free and complete data, all geographic information has limitations due to the scale, resolution, date and interpretation of the original source materials. You should consult available data documentation (metadata) for these particular data to determine their limitations and the precision to which they depict distance, direction, location or other geographic characteristics. These data may be subject to periodic change without prior notification. No Warranty: These data are provided as is, without any warranty whatsoever, including but not limited to any warranty as to their performance, merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose. Liability: The entire risk as to the results of the use of these data is assumed by the user. LMIC is not responsible for any interpretation or conclusions based on these data made by those who acquire or use it. LMIC shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, compensatory or consequential damages or third party claims resulting from the use of these data, even if LMIC has been advised of the possibility of such potential loss or damage. In States that do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, you may not use these data.

Constraint set

Limitations on public access

Use Constraints: Users should be aware of the generalized nature of the data and use the data accordingly. Redistribution Conditions: In obtaining these data from LMIC, it is understood that you and/or your organization have the right to use them for any internal purpose. If you modify them, you should document those changes in a metadata record that should accompany all redistributed data. If you transmit or provide these data in any form to another user, the data MUST be accompanied by a copy of this disclaimer and all documentation provided with the original data set including the full metadata record.

Constraint set

Limitations on public access

Access Constraints: None

Responsible organisations

Responsible party

contact position

GIS Data Coordinator

organisation name

Land Management Information Center

full postal address

300 Centennial Building; 658 Cedar Street

St. Paul

55155

telephone number

651.201.2488

facsimile number

651.296.3698

email address

gisinfo.mngeo@state.mn.us

responsible party role

pointOfContact

Metadata on metadata

Metadata point of contact

contact position

GIS Data Coordinator

organisation name

Land Management Information Center

full postal address

300 Centennial Building; 658 Cedar Street

St. Paul

55155

telephone number

651.201.2488

facsimile number

651.296.3698

email address

susanne.maeder@state.mn.us

responsible party role

pointOfContact

Metadata date

2007-04-11

Metadata language