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I've had this on file for a while, but realized that there are probably a lot of people who don't even know it exists. The National Cooperative Soil Survey done through the USDA NRCS (Alphabet soup is how you know it had government involvement) has managed to get a sampling of a huge portion of the United States and compiled it into a database. It is surprisingly precise and can tell you all sorts of information about the naturally occurring soil at varying depths. So far, my own use of it has proven pretty accurate and it makes a great way to review a potential bit of land without having to dig before you buy.

Web Soil Survey Link
 
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Thanks for the link!
 
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You are most certainly welcome. I realized it could be a huge boon for someone looking at a property in terms of earthworks, underground structures or trying to decide if a piece of land was going to be able to handle some task they wished to use it for. It isn't all of the story of course, but it is a big chunk of it on certain types of project. Glad someone else found it as useful as I do.
 
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This site is a big deal, if you ask me.

What a massive achievement. The whole USA is defined by soil type. On our 20 acres alone there are 5 or 6 designations and I'm amazed by their accuracy!

If you own land: GO TO THIS SITE

If you are looking to buy land: GO TO THIS SITE

As a resource, this is one of the essential early places to go, IMHO.

http://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/HomePage.htm

 
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In a way, this is an anchor site into the science community. It's full of technical terms and data that can give you access to information that has been researched - and is now specifically tailored to your property! This websoilsite is your websoilsite, this websoilsite is my websoilsite!
 
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