SERC Data Table of Contents

meta key # modl018
dataset or series of data Soil Survey Geographic (SSURGO) database for Baltimore County, MD
keywords soil survey, soils, Soil Survey Geographic, SSURGO, Baltimore County, MD, USA
originator U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
file format Shapefile

Windows NT

study site locale Baltimore County, MD
mo./yr. beg.

acquired 20000711



mo./yr. end
meas. freq.


site size 1785 square km
# of stations
west long. 1341626.75 (meters)
east long.

1504998.875 (meters)

north lat.

748569.5625 (meters)

south lat.

553232.75 (meters)

parameters area perimeter, polygon-id, soil_type, slope, k-factor, ag_soil, zk_value, dept_wat, hydric, cap_unit, wood_sub
current sharing status Available from Baltimore County Soil Survey on CD-ROM
current advertising status advertised by originator
abstract This data set is a digital soil survey and generally is the most detailed level of soil geographic data developed by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. The information was prepared by digitizing maps, by compiling information onto a planimetric correct base and digitizing, or by revising digitized maps using remotely sensed and other information.  This data set consists of georeferenced digital map data and computerized attribute data. The map data are in a 7.5 minute quadrangle format and include a detailed, field verified inventory of soils and nonsoil areas that normally occur in a repeatable pattern on the landscape and that can be cartographically shown at the scale mapped. A special soil features layer (point and line features) is optional. This layer displays the location of features too small to delineate at the mapping scale, but they are large enough and contrasting enough to significantly influence use and  management. The soil map units are linked to attributes in the Map Unit Interpretations Record relational database, which gives the proportionate extent of the component soils and their properties.
additional documentation / reference article Complete FGDC metadata file can be found at website

Last Update on 12/28/00

By Michelle Berger