Geog 317 -- Geography of Soils

Instructor: Jerry Davis
Dept of Geography & Human Environmental Studies
San Francisco State University




Study Guide (entire semester, but current only for for first exam)

Field Trips

Soil Survey Term Project Description



SFSU links

General soils links

Soil Properties

Parent Material


Soil Data: Surveys and SSURGO data

Field Book

Field Book for Describing and Sampling Soils Order the hardcopy on waterproof paper for $24 (2006). Follow the directions at the web site to get to the order page.

Soil Classification

  • USDA NRCS: Keys to Soil Taxonomy, Official Soil Series Descriptions
    • Soil Taxonomy - principal reference to soil classification.
    • Keys to Soil Taxonomy - taxonomic keys for field classification.
    • Official Series Descriptions (OSD) - standard descriptions and characteristics of soil series. On the OSD index page, proceed to "View OSD by Series Name."
    • Soil Classification Database (SC) - soil classification and series names.
    • Distribution Maps of Dominant Soil Orders - images and a map.
  • Soil Taxonomy Orders overview