We could say that the destructo-culture, based on industrialized agriculture, carries a basic dysfunction, which is to see the soil as an inanimate thing, a resource to be exploited, & even something that can be seen as 'property' of human beings.
The European Soil Data Center is one of the ten environmental data centres in Europe and is the focal point for soil data at European level. The European Soil Portal contributes to a thematic data infrastructure for soils in Europe. It presents data and information regarding soils at European level.
Field Book for Describing and Sampling Soils v 2.0
Schoeneberger, P.J., Wysocki, D.A., Benham, E.C., and Broderson, W.D. (editors), 2002.
NRCS, National Soil Survey Center, Lincoln, NE.
Available free in pdf format from: http://soils.usda.gov/technical/fieldbook/
Keys to Soil Taxonomy (11th edition)
Soil Survey Staff. 2010. USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington, DC.
Available free in pdf format from: http://soils.usda.gov/technical/classification/tax_keys/
Soil Science Society of America
The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, and founded in 1936, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. It provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.
Soil Survey Manual
Now available online, the Soil Survey Manual, published in October 1993, should be available in most Depository Libraries.
Soil Survey Manual
Soil Survey Division Staff (1993) USDA NRCS Agriculture Handbook no.18
Available free and in doc or pdf format at http://soils.usda.gov/technical/manual/download.html
Soil Taxonomy (2nd edition)
Soil Survey Staff. 1999. USDA-NRCS, Washington, DC Agriculture Handbook 436
Available free in pdf format from: http://soils.usda.gov/technical/classification/taxonomy/
The SUSTAINABLE STUDIES INSTITUTE is a non-profit educational and research institute, focusing on soil as a regenerative system, and the relationship between soil, soil microbial life, soil fertility, agricultural productivity, and the environment.
Founded by soil microbiologist Dr. Elaine Ingham. Dr. Ingham is responsible for pioneering many of the currently used biological soil regeneration techniques and testing soil microbial life as an indicator of soil and plant health. Dr. Ingham holds the position of Chief Scientist at the Rodale Institute.
Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources
The Dirt on Soil
a fun look at how to 'cook up' some soil - suitable for children!
The Story of Soil - short video clips describing the importance of healthy soil
Children's Educational Resources
Soil-Net.com - A wealth of educational resources about soil for children!
Short Films for Children
The Rotten Journey - A soil story
The Rotten Journey - A Soil Story