The Australian Soil Classification

Paperback - January 2016 - AU $59.95

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This new edition updates information on Australian soils, particularly acid sulfate soils.

The Australian Soil Classification provides a framework for organising knowledge about Australian soils by allocating soils to classes via a key. Since its publication in 1996, this book has been widely adopted and formally endorsed as the official national system. It has provided a means of communication among scientists and land managers and has proven to be of particular value in land resource survey and research programs, environmental studies and education. + Full description

Classification is a basic requirement of all science and needs to be periodically revised as knowledge increases. This Second Edition of The Australian Soil Classification includes updates from a working group of the National Committee on Soil and Terrain (NCST), especially in regards to new knowledge about acid sulfate soils (sulfidic materials). Modifications include expanding the classification to incorporate different kinds of sulfidic materials, the introduction of subaqueous soils as well as new Vertosol subgroups, new Hydrosol family criteria and the consistent use of the term reticulate. All soil orders except for Ferrosols and Sodosols are affected by the changes.

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Paperback | January 2016 | $ 59.95
ISBN: 9781486304639 | 152 pages | 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

ePDF | January 2016
ISBN: 9781486304646
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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  • Gives structure to soil scientists to understand and communicate about Australian soils
  • Updated to reflect new knowledge and provide comprehensive detail on soils
  • Revisions will lead to broader acceptance of the ASC by the soil science community across Australia
  • More compatible with internationally accepted concepts and classification systems


The National Committee on Soil and Terrain (NCST) is comprised of representatives from key federal, state and territory agencies.