Eleventh International Congress of Soil Science (1978) Tour Guidebooks

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The World Congress of Soil Science is held every four years under the auspices of the International Union of Soil Sciences in order to advance the knowledge and interests of soil science world-wide. The week long Congress is complemented with pre and/or post congress tours. In 1978 the location of the Congress was Edmonton, Canada. In preparation for the Congress tours were developed in many regions of Canada complete with soil pits where soils were classified and samples taken for analysis. All the material was compiled into tour books which we felt were worth scanning and making widely available as reference documentation of soils and land use in Canada.

1. Eastern Canada – Tours 1 & 10
2. Western Canada, Interior Plains from Winnipeg to Edmonton – Tour 2
3. Southern Cordillera of British Colombia and Alberta – Tour 3
4. Vancouver Island – Tour 4
5. Central and Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan – Tours 5 & 13
6. Plains, Foothills and Mountain Regions of Alberta – Tours 6 & 14
7. Banff and Jasper National Parks – Tours 8 & 16
8. Athabasca Oil Sands – Tours 9 & 17
9. Southern Interior Plains – Tour 11
10. Southern Cordillera – Tour 12
11. Northern Boreal and Permafrost – Tour 18
12. Research Forest of Univ British Colombia – Tour V1 & V3
13. Lower Fraser Valley – Tours V2 & V4
14. Photographs and Descriptions of Some Canadian Soils


1. Eastern Canada – Tours 1 & 10
Acton, C.J., Beke, G.J., Day. J.H., MacDougall, J.I., and Marcoux, R. 1978. Guidebook for a soil and land use tour of eastern Canada - Tours 1 and 10. The 11th International Congress of Soil Science, June 1978, Edmonton, Canada. 188p.
Tour 1 was a 10 day tour of soils (Luvisols, Podzols, Brunisols) and landscapes across the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Quebec and southwestern Ontario. Tour 10 ran in the opposite direction to Tour 1. Both tours stopped to inspect 15 soils sites and examine the profile and analytic data contained in the guidebook.




2. Western Canada, Interior Plains from Winnipeg to Edmonton – Tour 2
Michalyna, W., Smith, R.E., Ellis, J.G and Macyk T.M. 1978. Guidebook for a tour across the southern portion of the interior plains of western Canada from Winnipeg Manitoba to Edmonton Alberta – Tour 2. The 11th International Congress of Soil Science, June 1978, Edmonton, Canada. 233p.
Tour 2 was a five day tour across the Canadian prairies from Winnipeg to Edmonton visiting Dark Brown and Black Chernozemic and Solonetzic soil sites.




3. Southern Cordillera of British Colombia and Alberta – Tour 3
Lord, T.M., Luttmerding, H.A., Knapik, L.J. and Coen G.M. 1978. Guidebook for a soil and land use tour in the southern cordillera of British Colombia and Alberta – Tour 3. The 11th International Congress of Soil Science, June 1978, Edmonton, Canada. 259p.
Tour 3 was an eight day tour from Vancouver eastward across south-central BC to Banff, then up the Rocky Mountains to Jasper and east to Edmonton. Chernozems, Luvisols, Brunisols, and Podzols were all visited.




4. Vancouver Island – Tour 4
Cotic, I., Dangerfield, J.A., Green, A.J. and Jungen J.R. 1978. Guidebook for a soils and land use tour in the coastal western hemlock and Douglas fir regions of Vancouver Island, British Colombia – Tour 4. The 11th International Congress of Soil Science, June 1978, Edmonton, Canada. 102p.
Tour 4 was a five day tour on the southern half of Vancouver Island (Victoria – Parksville – Tofino) visiting Gleysols, Brunisols and Podzols.




5. Central and Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan – Tours 5 & 13
Peters, T.W., Shields, J.A. and Ellis, J.G. 1978. Guidebook for a tour to observe soil landscapes and cropping systems in central and southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan – Tours 5 and 13. The 11th International Congress of Soil Science, June 1978, Edmonton, Canada. 171p.
Tours 5 and 13 was an eight day tour across 2215 square kilometers in the southern portions of Alberta and Saskatchewan visiting a range of Chernozemic and Solonetzic soils along with some unique physiographic features.




6. Plains, Foothills and Mountain Regions of Alberta – Tours 6 & 14
Kjearsgaard, A.A and Macyk, T.M. 1978. Guidebook for a soils and land use tour in the plains, foothills, and mountain regions of Alberta from Edmonton to Red Deer and Jasper. 205p.
The six day tour in a loop south and west of Edmonton visited Chernozems, Luvisols, Brunisols, Regosols and Organics starting in the parkland prairie region up to the Rocky Mountains and back to Edmonton through some low, poorly drained areas.




7. Banff and Jasper National Parks – Tours 8 & 16
Knapik, L.J. and Coen, G.M. 1978. Guidebook for a soils and land use tour in Banff and Jasper National Parks – Tours 8 and 16. The 11th International Congress of Soil Science, June 1978, Edmonton, Canada. 145p.
The five day tours covered Brunisols, Luvisols and Podzols in the national parks of the Rocky Mountains.




8. Athabasca Oil Sands – Tours 9 & 17
Greenlee, G.M. 1978. Guidebook for a tour of the Athabasca Oil Sands mining, soils and land reclamation in the boreal forest region of northeastern Alberta – Tours 9 and 17. The 11th International Congress of Soil Science, June 1978, Edmonton, Canada. 59p.
This one day tour inspected a Brunisolic soil pit in the morning and the mining and reclamation activities in the afternoon.




9. Southern Interior Plains – Tour 11
Macyk T.M., Ellis, J.G., Michalyna, W., and Smith, R. E. 1978. Guidebook for a tour across the southern portion of the interior plains of western Canada from Edmonton, Alberta to Winnipeg, Manitoba – Tour 11. The 11th International Congress of Soil Science, June 1978, Edmonton, Canada. 228p.
This tour went from Edmonton east to Saskatoon, then south to Regina and east to Brandon and Winnipeg. Chernozems and agriculture land use were the main topics.




10. Southern Cordillera – Tour 12
Michalyna, W., Smith, R.E., Ellis, J.G and Macyk T.M. 1978. Guidebook for a soil and land use tour in the southern cordillera of British Colombia and Alberta – Tour 12. The 11th International Congress of Soil Science, June 1978, Edmonton, Canada. 261p.
This eight-day tour went from Edmonton west to Jasper, Banff, Golden, Revelstoke, Vernon, Penticton, Manning Park, and Vancouver. Podzols, Brunisols, Luvisols, and Chernozems were all visited.




11. Northern Boreal and Permafrost – Tour 18
Pettapiece, W.W., Tarnocai, C., Zoltai, S.C. and Oswald, E.T. 1978. Guidebook for a tour of soil, permafrost and vegetation relationships in the Yukon and Northwest Territories of northwestern Canada – Tour 18. The 11th International Congress of Soil Science, June 1978, Edmonton, Canada. 165p.
This nine day tour examined soils in the Dawson City and Inuvik/Tuktoyaktuk areas including Cryosols and Cryic, Lithic and Peaty phases of Cryosols and Brunisols. Earth hummocks and pingos were examined.




12. Research Forest of Univ British Colombia – Tour V1 & V3
Kowall, R.D. and Klinka, K. 1978. Guidebook for a tour featuring studies on podzolic soils and forest management in the University of British Colombia research forest, Maple Ridge, British Colombia – Tours V1 and V3. The 11th International Congress of Soil Science, June 1978, Edmonton, Canada. 46p.
This one day tour visited the research forest and Podzolic soils adjacent to the Lower Fraser Valley in British Colombia.




13. Lower Fraser Valley – Tours V2 & V4
Driehuyzen, M.G. and Reid, A.L. 1978. Guidebook for a soils and land use tour of agriculture lands in the lower Fraser Valley, British Colombia – Tours V2 and V4. The 11th International Congress of Soil Science, June 1978, Edmonton, Canada. 48p.
Gleysols and Podzols were examined in the delta, floodplains and adjacent uplands in the lower Fraser Valley of British Colombia.




14. Photographs and Descriptions of Some Canadian Soils
Bentley, C.F. 1978. Photographs and Descriptions of Some Canadian Soils. The 11th International Congress of Soil Science, June 1978, Edmonton, Canada. 106p.
Photographs and Descriptions of Some Canadian Soils based on the Display of Canadian Soils at the Eleventh Congress International Society of Soil Science Edmonton, Canada June 1978