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File Identifier: Agriculture.GDB.AgriculturalLandResourceAtlas2005_SoilGroups
Metadata Date Stamp: 2017-12-04
Organization: Alberta Agriculture and Foresty, Government of Alberta
Organization Role: publisher
Identification Information
Title: Soil Groups
Dataset Publication Date: 2005-09-01
Abstract: This map displays the distribution of the main soil types found within the province of Alberta. The distribution pattern of soils in Alberta is strongly linked to climate and parent materials. Climate affects the location of different soil groups. The driest area in southeastern Alberta is represented by the presence of Brown Chernozems. As one proceeds north and west, the soils and associated vegetation reflect the increase in available moisture.In Alberta, Organic soils generally occur in association with Luvisolic soils. These soils form under wet conditions where the organic layer (greater than 30% organic matter) accumulates faster than it decomposes. The organic layer varies in thickness from 40 to 160+ cm, and under natural conditions, the water table is at or near the surface. In some areas of the province, Organic soils may be artificially drained and used for agricultural production. This resource was created in 2002 using ArcGIS.
Hierarchy Level: Dataset
Data Type: Vector
Scale 1: 3000000
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Classification System Government of Alberta Security Classification System
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Data Theme
Theme Topics: geoscientificInformation
Reference System Information
Reference System URN: 3400
Reference System Organization ID: EPSG
Spatial Domain
West Bounding Longitude: -120.50134
South Bounding Latitude: 47.601134
East Bounding Longitude: -109.50517
North Bounding Latitude: 61.39605
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Data Quality Information
Scope (quality information applies to): Dataset
Data History: The soil group polygons shown on the map represent Alberta Soil Survey information. The information represented by this map is consistent with The Canadian System of Soil Classification, which is the basis for describing soils across the country that was compiled by the Alberta Land Resource Unit, Research Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in 1995.
Contact Information
Organization: Alberta Agriculture and Foresty, Government of Alberta
Contact Position: Environmental Stewardship Branch, GIS Unit
Address: 7000 – 113 St
City: Edmonton
State: Alberta
Postal Code: T6H 5T6
Telephone: 403-742-7901
Distribution Information
Format Name: SDE Feature Class
Format Version: ArcGIS 10.3.1
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