21. Interpretations of Soil Surveys and Technical Soil Classification

  1. S. W. Buol B.S., M.S., Ph.D.1,
  2. R. J. Southard B.S, M.S., Ph.D.2,
  3. R. C. Graham3 and
  4. P. A. McDaniel B.S., M.S., Ph.D.4

Published Online: 5 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470960622.ch21

Soil Genesis and Classification, Sixth Edition

Soil Genesis and Classification, Sixth Edition

How to Cite

Buol, S. W., Southard, R. J., Graham, R. C. and McDaniel, P. A. (2011) Interpretations of Soil Surveys and Technical Soil Classification, in Soil Genesis and Classification, Sixth Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470960622.ch21

Author Information

  1. 1

    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA

  2. 2

    University of California, Davis, USA

  3. 3

    University of California, Riverside, USA

  4. 4

    University of Idaho, Moscow, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 2 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813807690

Online ISBN: 9780470960622



  • interpretations of soil surveys - and technical soil classification - “proof of the pudding”;
  • soil properties, interpreted - in context of “soil quality”;
  • soil survey interpretations - predicting potentials, problems and management needs for soils;
  • interpretations, for taxonomic soil components - of soil map units, or as a whole;
  • interpretations, of specific soil materials - soil horizons, soil uses involving land area;
  • technical soil maps and classifications - between technical soil maps, classifications and surveys;
  • site evaluation - for plenic areas;
  • soil properties of concern - good trafficability, surface soil in picnic area;
  • interpretations of soil material in soil horizons - soil properties, behaviors in soil survey interpretation tables;
  • soil survey interpretations - applying information and knowledge in a soil survey to evaluation and prediction of suitabilities and limitations


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Soil Survey Interpretations

  • Interpretive Uses of Taxonomic Information and Soil Maps

  • Perspective