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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 archive... mored). The specimen collection reflects the changes in research focus over the last 70 years and expects to continue this into the future.
The starting 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
Legacy data - Australian Soil Resource Information System - Published 25 Jun 2019