The Soils of the USA

  • L.T. West
  • M.J. Singer
  • A.E. Hartemink

Part of the World Soils Book Series book series (WSBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. L. T. West, M. J. Singer, A. E. Hartemink
    Pages 1-7
  3. Robert C. Graham, Samuel J. Indorante
    Pages 9-27
  4. James G. Bockheim
    Pages 43-75
  5. Susan Burlew Southard, Randal J. Southard, Scott Burns
    Pages 77-100
  6. Craig Rasmussen, Rebecca A. Lybrand, Caitlin Orem, Jennifer Kielhofer, Molly Holleran
    Pages 115-130
  7. Daniel Richard Hirmas, Rolfe David Mandel
    Pages 131-163
  8. Zamir Libohova, Philip Schoeneberger, Doug Wysocki, Phillip R. Owens
    Pages 209-226
  9. L. T. West, J. N. Shaw, E. P. Mersiovsky
    Pages 243-260
  10. M. A. Wilson, R. K. Shaw
    Pages 261-279
  11. Mary E. Collins
    Pages 281-303
  12. Michael P. Robotham, Robert T. Gavenda, Christopher W. Smith
    Pages 305-327
  13. C. L. Ping, M. H. Clark, D. D’Amore, G. J. Michaelson, D. K. Swanson
    Pages 329-350
  14. Skye A. Wills, Candiss O. Williams, Michael C. Duniway, Jessica Veenstra, Cathy Seybold, DeAnn Presley
    Pages 351-371
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 385-394

About this book


This book provides an overview of the distribution, properties, and function of soils in the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, and its Caribbean territories. It discusses the history of soil surveys and pedological research in the U.S., and offers general descriptions of the country’s climate, geology and geomorphology. For each Land Resource Region (LRR) – a geographic/ecological region of the country characterized by its own climate, geology, landscapes, soils, and agricultural practices – there is a chapter with details of the climate, geology, geomorphology, pre-settlement and current vegetation, and land use, as well as the distribution and properties of major soils including their genesis, classification, and management challenges. The final chapters address topics such as soils and humans, and the future challenges for soil science and soil surveys in the U.S. Maps of soil distribution, pedon descriptions, profile images, and tables of properties are included throughout the text.


Soil Distribution Soil Geomorphology Soil Properties Soil Science Soil Survey U.S. Agriculture U.S. Land Use US Soil Reference

Editors and affiliations

  • L.T. West
    • 1
  • M.J. Singer
    • 2
  • A.E. Hartemink
    • 3
  1. 1.FayettevilleUSA
  2. 2.DavisUSA
  3. 3.University of Wisconsin – Madison MadisonUSA

Bibliographic information

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