Profiles in the History of the U.S. Soil Survey

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Douglas Helms, Anne B. W. Effland, Patricia J. Durana
Wiley, Jul 9, 2002 - Technology & Engineering - 331 pages
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Profiles in the History of the U.S. Soil Survey offers a broad-ranging collection of essays chronicling the development of the U.S. Soil Survey and its influence on the history of soil survey as a scientific discipline that focuses on mapping, analysis, and description of soils.

  • Appraises the influences of key individuals and institutions on the establishment of federal support for and coordination of U.S. soil surveys.

  • Provides an account of life in the field, detailing experience shared by many soil scientists and survey processionals.

  • Reviews the opening of careers in soil survey to women and African-Americans.

  • Relates aspects of the utility of the soil survey to other federal services, to other fields of research, and to land-use planning.

  • Discusses the future of the U.S. Soil Survey and the new directions both the survey and its uses will take.

Soil scientists and other soil survey professionals will find this collection valuable both for the new research it provides and for the memories it preserves of life and work in the field and laboratory. Historians will increasingly turn their attention to this crucial earth science as the intriguing connections between soils, the environment, and human history become more apparent. Teachers, students, and agriculturalists will also appreciate this detailed account of the Soil Survey.

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Douglas Helms is the historian for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.AS. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington, D.C.

Anne B. W. Effland is an agricultural historian and works as a social science analyst with the Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, D.C.

Patricia J. Durana is a natural resource manager with the Animal Husbandry and Clean Water Programs Division, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA, Washington, D.C.

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