Soil Survey Geographic Data Base (SSURGO), Minnesota

This dataset is a digital soil survey and generally is the most detailed level of soil geographic data developed by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. The information was prepared by digitizing maps, by compiling information onto a planimetric correct base and digitizing, or by revising digitized maps using remotely sensed and other information.<br/><br/>This dataset consists of georeferenced digital map data and computerized attribute data. The map data are in a soil survey area extent format and include a detailed, field verified inventory of soils and miscellaneous areas that normally occur in a repeatable pattern on the landscape and that can be cartographically shown at the scale mapped. A special soil features layer (point and line features) is optional. This layer displays the location of features too small to delineate at the mapping scale, but they are large enough and contrasting enough to significantly influence use and management. The soil map units are linked to attributes in the National Soil Information System relational database, which gives the proportionate extent of the component soils and their properties.<br/><br/>Note: This metadata record was created by MnGeo to serve as a generic record for all SSURGO data sets within Minnesota. See the individual county metadata records created by NRCS for county-specific information; these records are included in the data set download files.

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Last Updated October 28, 2015, 10:02
Created February 12, 2015, 09:01
dsAccessConst None
dsCurrentRef For help with finding the date of a soil survey, see:
dsModifiedDate 2015-10-27 23:41:41
dsOriginator U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - National Geospatial Center of Excellence
dsPurpose SSURGO depicts information about the kinds and distribution of soils on the landscape. The soil map and data used in the SSURGO product were prepared by soil scientists as part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey. This soil survey contains information that can be applied in managing farms and wetlands; in selecting sites for roads, ponds, buildings, and other structures; and in judging the suitability of tracts of land for farming, industry, and recreation. For a comparison between SSURGO data and the more generalized STATSGO2 (General Soil Map) data from NRCS, see:

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