Soil Groups

Dataset Number1277
Dataset TitleSoil Groups
CustodianData Authority: Department for Environment and Water
Data Provider: Department for Environment and Water


Description15 broad Soil Groups (groupings of 61 Soils (soil type)) have been identified, representative of the range occurring across southern South Australia, based on an interpretation of Soil Landscape Map Units. 15 Soil Group and 3 miscellaneous attribute (or 'analysis data') classes have been supplied, as percentage (areal extent) values of each Soil Group within each Soil Landscape Map Unit. Note: the sum of all percentage values for each map unit totals 100%. This analysis data is to be used for the creation of spatial data statistics. For map display purposes, the most commonly occurring Soil Group (SOIL_GROUP legend category) is defined, however, it should be noted that this often accounts for less than 50% of a Soil Landscape Map Unit.
UsageLink to Soil Attribute Descriptions. This dataset has been derived from the Soil Landscape Map Units spatial dataset to be used for map creation or the calculation of spatial data statistics. Used to supply Government, community groups, industry and the general public with up to date regional, subregional and catchment level land and soil attribute information for southern South Australia. The aim is to produce maps, statistics and reports displaying and describing: Land and soil attributes within southern South Australia; Land surface features affecting land use, land management and productivity; Limitations / suitability of land and soil for a range of agricultural and other uses. Independent professional advice should be sought before using this in commercial decisions. Further information: soil and land attributes. Soils Groups dataset can be viewed at NatureMaps (>Soils>Soil Type Attributes). Spatial data downloads are available from Data SA.

Data Quality

LineageThe dataset is based on an interpretation of 1:40,000 stereo colour aerial photography and limited field inspection of landscapes and soils by soil scientists. Soil Landscape Map Unit boundaries were determined after an integration of field observations and recordings; laboratory analyses; stereoscopic examination of aerial photographs; understanding of regional landscape processes and stratigraphy; existing soil and geological mapping data. To avoid inconsistencies and confusion, any updates to the Soil and Land Attribute mapping are to be managed by DEWNR Soil and Land Program. This data has been released under a Creative Commons licence. Where products are derived from this data, DEWNR are to be acknowledged, and any changes to the original data should be indicated.
CompletenessComplete. The spatial data is subject to amendment as and when more data become available.
Positional AccuracyThe accuracy is to the scale of mapping (50 metres at 1:50,000 and 300 metres at 1:100,000 mapping scale). The spatial data is to be used at the regional, subregional and catchment level, and can be used to provide property overviews; however, cannot be used at the paddock level. South East, Kangaroo Island, Mount Lofty Ranges and the 'bottom' of Yorke Peninsula have been mapped at 1:50,000. Eyre Peninsula, the main part of Yorke Peninsula, Murray Mallee and Northern Agricultural Districts have been mapped at 1:100,000. Map unit boundaries should be treated as transition zones.

Geographic Extent

Extent NameAgricultural Region - South Australia
Min Easting or Longitude132.25
Min Northing or Latitude-38
Max Easting or Longitude141
Max Northing or Latitude-32.25

Dataset Status

Initially Acquired01-JAN-2000
Last Updated01-JUL-2009
Update FrequencyAs required
Maintenance MethodAs required
AusGOALCC BY (Attribution)


TableNameField AliasData TypeDescription
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupLANSLU CharacterSoil Landscape Map Unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupSOIL_GROUP CharacterMOST COMMON SOIL GROUP in map unit (Legend category. See layer file for descriptions)
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupA CharacterPercentage of A (Calcareous soils) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupB NumberPercentage of B (Shallow soils on calcrete or limestone) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupC NumberPercentage of C (Gradational soils with highly calcareous lower subsoil) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupD NumberPercentage of D (Hard red-brown texture contrast soils with neutral to alkaline subsoil) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupE NumberPercentage of E (Cracking clay soils) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupF NumberPercentage of F (Deep loamy texture contrast soils with brown or dark subsoil) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupG NumberPercentage of G (Sand over clay soils) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupH NumberPercentage of H (Deep sands) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupI NumberPercentage of I (Highly leached sands) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupJ NumberPercentage of J (Ironstone soils) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupK NumberPercentage of K (Shallow to moderately deep acidic soils on rock) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupL NumberPercentage of L (Shallow soils on rock) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupM NumberPercentage of M (Deep uniform to gradational soils) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupN NumberPercentage of N (Wet soils) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupO NumberPercentage of O (Volcanic ash soil) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupR NumberPercentage of R (Rock) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupW NumberPercentage of W (Water) Soil Group in map unit
LANDSCAPE.SALAD_Soil_GroupX NumberPercentage of X (Not applicable) Soil Group in map unit

Contact Information

OrganisationDepartment for Environment and Water
Science Monitoring and Knowledge
Postal AddressGPO Box 1047