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Australian National Soil Archive
Scientific reference collection of physical samples of Australian soils. There are over 100,000 soil specimens in the collection: 70,000 fully archived and 30,000 stored specimens (still to be archived). The specimen collection reflects the changes in research focus over the last 70 years and expects to continue this into the future.
The starting... more collection, which was received at the founding of the Soil Archive in 2003, has been complemented by more recent submissions from other agencies and current CSIRO projects from a range of Business Units (predominantly Agriculture & Food, Land & Water). Researchers can submit their soil specimens to the Soil Archive. These soil specimens will need to be accompanied by the collected soil data. For more information, see our website.
The sub sample collection of the Soil Archive holds 43,000 specimens of fine earth (< 2 mm) (10 gram duplicates of the larger specimens) that are suitable to near-infrared spectroscopic analysis. less
Agricultural Land Management
Agricultural Production Systems Simulation
Soil Sciences not elsewhere classified
In 2003, in order to preserve them for future use, circa 55,000 soil specimens from five separate smaller CSIRO soil specimen collections (in Brisbane, Townsville, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth) were sent to Canberra. The vast majority of specimens in the collection has been collected by CSIRO, but since 2010 many thousands of specimens have been contributed by other organisations, predominantly state agencies.
While the oldest specimen is from 1926, most were collected from the 1950's onward. The specimens sampled before the 1950’s do not have location data of the required accuracy, and are therefore not archivable without additional effort re-locating the relevant sites. However they can be (and have been) used by researcher familiar with the original publications. These early specimens were collected prior to widespread application of pesticides and herbicides and before the start of nuclear testing in 1945.
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence
CSIRO (2011): Australian National Soil Archive. v3. CSIRO. Service Collection. 102.100.100/9078
All Rights (including copyright) CSIRO 2011.
The metadata and services are available to the public.
Australian Soil Resource Information System
Datasets that are available through ASRIS and have been contributed to by State, Territory and Federal Agencies