This site has been built and is operated by the Informatics and Soils and Landscapes teams at Manaaki Whenua. It allows you to view maps and soils information from some hundred soil-related map layers.
The Fundamental Soil Layers (FSL) predate and are being replaced by S-map which is considered better quality and more reliable data. However, there is not yet national coverage for S-map, so the FSL still represent best available soils data for significant parts of New Zealand. The FSL contain spatial information for 16 key soil attributes. Each attribute is measurable and is recorded in appropriate units of measure.
The New Zealand Soil Classification (NZSC) classifies soils into orders, groups, and subgroups. This classification grew out of the New Zealand Genetic Soil Classification and, where possible, preserved its useful features. The resulting classification represents the best attempt to classify New Zealand soils at our current state of knowledge.
The Ross Sea Regions database contains historic and recent soil site and soil pit horizon data from Antarctica. There are descriptions of over 1000 soil pits at soil sites clustered around ice-free areas, reaching as far south and east as 87° S, 150° E and as far north and west as 72° S, 170° E.
RSR layer site report pages are not optimised for small-screen devices.
Site updated Nov 2017
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