Manual for Describing Soils in the Field: 1982 Revised

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Expert Committee on Soil Survey, 1982. The Canada Soil Information System (CanSIS): Manual for Describing Soils in the Field, 1982 Revised. Land Resource Research Institute, Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa. LRRI Contribution no 82-52. 166 pp.

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Further Reading


Nikiforuk, W.L. 1998. Soil Inventory Project Procedures Manual. Canada - Alberta Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture Agreement (CAESA).

British Columbia

Province of British Columbia. 1998. Field Manual for Describing Terrestrial Ecosystems. Co-published by B.C. Ministry of Forests and B.C. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks.

Terrain and Soils Standards, Manuals and Guidelines


Manual for Describing Soils in the Field - Revised 2007 (PDF Format, 2.18 MB). Manitoba Land Resource Unit, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Soil Resource Section, Manitoba Agriculture.


Field manual for describing soils in Ontario 4th ed. Denholm K.A and L.W. Schut 1993. Land Resource Science, University of Guelph.

Field manual for describing soils. 1985. Ontario Institute of Pedology, Guelph Agriculture Centre and Dept. of Land Resource Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario. 38 p.

United States

Schoeneberger, P.J., Wysocki, D.A., Benham, E.C., and Broderson, W.D. (editors), 2002. Field book for describing and sampling soils, Version 2.0. Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Soil Survey Center, Lincoln, NE.

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