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dataset or series of data Soil Survey Geographic (SSURGO) database for Chester County, PA
keywords soil survey, soils, Soil Survey Geographic, SSURGO, Chester County, PA
originator U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
file format ARC/INFO line coverage
platform Windows NT
study site locale Chester County, PA
mo./yr. beg. acquired 200008
ongoing? no
mo./yr. end  
meas. freq. once
site size 1967 square km
# of stations  
west long. -78.37351
east long. -77.15119
north lat. 41.269376
south lat. 40.679645
parameters area, perimeter, polygon-id, musym (map unit symbol)
current sharing status publicly available from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Cartography and Geospatial Center
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 Updated on 12/28/00
By Michelle Berger