New digital global soils map: Like going from a paper map to Google Earth

For the past five years, in fact, CALS soils professor Alfred Hartemink and dozens of other soil scientists worldwide have been working on a global soil map. It’s the second time a global soils map has been created, but it’s the first digital version: a fine-resolution spatial repository of data on pH, organic carbon levels, texture, and other soil properties that can be readily and continually updated. As described in this Soil Science Society of America article, ”the effort is somewhat like going from a 1980s printed road atlas to Google Earth in one giant leap.