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Web Soil Survey 2.1 — New Features
Web Soil Survey now enables you to search for the answers to your soil questions — and locate soil ratings and reports that you are interested in.
Download Soils Data for your AOI
You can now download the spatial and tabular soil data, and a custom Microsoft Access template database that includes soil reports similar to those available in Web Soil Survey, for use in your local Geographic Information System (GIS) applications to generate maps and reports as you wish. The soil data are bundled into the standard Soil Survey Geographic Database (SSURGO) download format as generated by the Soil Data Mart (SDM). SSURGO structural metadata and documentation can be found through the following link: SSURGO. You must have an appropriate version of Microsoft Access for the Soil Data Viewer application to take advantage of this new feature. The Soil Data Viewer can be found through the following link: Soil Data Viewer.
Better Map Layers
Web Soil Survey now uses more up-to-date and accurate map layers:
Multi-Sheet Printable Maps
Now you can print large-scale maps “tiled” to multiple sheets of a size your printer can handle. The number of sheets used depends on the scale at which you choose to print the maps, and the overall size and shape of your AOI. Web Soil Survey can print to a single page, or in 2×2, 3×3, or 4×4 page layouts, each with different paper sizes. You can choose from four different printed sheet sizes.
Multi-sheet maps come with an “index sheet” indicating the proper arrangement of sheets.
The following screen shot displays an example of tiled map pages.
Tab and Folder Descriptions
To help you find what you’re looking for in Web Soil Survey, descriptions are now included for many of the application’s tabs and folders.
Forest Color Scheme
Ecological Site Assessment Tab is now available in every Use Category
Many users are not aware of the Ecological Site Assessment tab, because in the past it only appeared if the “Rangeland” or “Forestland” Use Category was selected. Now it is available in every use category (if Ecological Site data is available for your Area of Interest). You can choose to view “Rangeland” or “Forestland” ecological site data, depending on the data available for your AOI.
Map Measurement Tool
Use the Measurement Tool to measure distances in the map. Per-segment, cumulative, and total distance are shown, in either feet/miles or meters/kilometers.
The Soils Glossary is now available from the Navigation Bar, as well as in Custom Soil Resource Reports. It is fully integrated with Search.
Safari and Google Chrome Now Fully Supported
Web Soil Survey now works correctly in Safari 3.1.2, on Macintosh and Windows, and Google Chrome 0.2.149.30 on Windows.