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Australian Soil Classification

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The Australian Soil Classification

Second Edition

Australian Soil and Land Survey Handbooks Series

R Isbell  
National Committee on Soil and Terrain  

152 pages, 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

    Paperback - January 2016
ISBN: 9781486304639 - AU $ 59.95

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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.

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.


  • 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

 An essential resource for anyone who works with soil, including environmental consultants, landcare advisors, geologists, agronomists, botanists, foresters, land-use planners and catchment managers. Students of environmental science, agriculture, forestry, earth science and land-use planning will find it invaluable. 

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

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