AFBI soil publications and soil maps

'Soil and Environment Northern Ireland'

'Soil’ in the field or landscape, may be defined and mapped as soil series, where each map unit has the same soil profile on the same parent material. The AFBI Soil Survey has identified 308 distinctively different soil series (each over 50 hectares in area) in the Province, and they have been developed from 97 soil parent materials. The book not only details the distribution and properties of the soils but also discusses their environmental and economic setting.

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'The Soil Geochemical Atlas of Northern Ireland'

Fourteen elements (aluminium, carbon, calcium, iron, hydrogen, potassium, magnesium, nitrogen, sodium, oxygen, phosphorus, sulphur, silicon and titanium) constitute over 99% of the elemental content of the Earth’s crust. The remaining elements occur in minute amounts and are the so-called trace elements. In ‘The Soil Geochemical Atlas of Northern Ireland’, the concentrations of sixteen elements (cadmium, calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, lead, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, sulphur and zinc) in the agriculturally-important soils of Northern Ireland have been measured and mapped. These elements are either significant because they are essential for healthy development of microorganisms, plants and animals, or because they are pollutants. A massive amount of data from over 6,000 soil samples has been compiled into diagrams and maps. The reader can easily identify regional variations and associations. The information will be of value to soil scientists, agronomists, geochemists, environmentalists, farmers, consultants and policy makers.

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1:50,000 and 1:250,000 Soil Maps

The printed soil maps of Northern Ireland consist of :
1 map at a scale of 1:250,000, this gives a broad overview of the soils in the Province, with classification by parent material and profile type.
17 maps at a scale of 1:50,000,  these maps detail the distribution of the surveyed soils at the series level.
Publishers: Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.
Price: 1:50,000       £20.00
        1:250,000       £20.00
p&p extra at £5 per single sheet order or £10 per order for multiple sheets


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