Soil Surveys: Their Synthesis, Confidence Limits, and Utilization for Corrosion Assessment of Soil

    Published: Jan 1981

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    Organized efforts in soil classification and mapping in the United States began in 1899 as a cooperative research program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state land-grant universities. Although the original objective of this program was oriented toward the soil as medium for plant growth, much of the data gathered by soil scientists over the last 50 years has been applied to nonagrarian land uses. Modern soil surveys have been prepared for nearly two thirds of the land area of the United States since 1955. This paper will discuss the data acquisition technique used in making soil surveys, the basis for the prediction of soil behavior from this information, the confidence limits of the information, and its application to corrosion engineering.


    soil surveys, soil classification, confidence limits, prediction of soil behavior, soil corrosivity, underground corrosion

    Author Information:

    Miller, FP
    Professors of soil science, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

    Foss, JE
    Professors of soil science, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

    Wolf, DC
    Professor of soil science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.

    Committee/Subcommittee: G01.10

    DOI: 10.1520/STP28252S

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