Soils (soil type)

Dataset Number1009
Dataset TitleSoils (soil type)
CustodianData Authority: Department for Environment and Water
Data Provider: Department for Environment and Water


Description61 soils have been identified, representative of the range occurring across southern South Australia, based on an interpretation of Soil Landscape Map Units. These Soils (soil type) classes are also termed 'subgroup soils' in the reference text Hall et al. 2009, 'The Soils of Southern South Australia', where they are described in detail. Each of these soils has a two character alphanumeric code. The first character (letter) represents the relevant Soil GroupSELECT 1 FROM DUAL; the second character (number) represents a particular Soil within the Soil Group. Three additional miscellaneous classes (rock, water, not applicable) are also provided. Hence, 64 attribute (or 'analysis data') classes have been supplied, as percentage (areal extent) values of each possible soil type 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 (SOIL_SUBGR 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 datasetSELECT 1 FROM DUAL; 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 soil and land 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 AustraliaSELECT 1 FROM DUAL; Land surface features affecting land use, land management and productivitySELECT 1 FROM DUAL; 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 (soil type) 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 recordingsSELECT 1 FROM DUAL; laboratory analysesSELECT 1 FROM DUAL; stereoscopic examination of aerial photographsSELECT 1 FROM DUAL; understanding of regional landscape processes and stratigraphySELECT 1 FROM DUAL; 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 overviewsSELECT 1 FROM DUAL; 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
LicenseingCC BY (Attribution)


TableNameField AliasData TypeDescription
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupLANSLU CharacterSoil Landscape Map Unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupSOIL_SUBGR CharacterMOST COMMON SOIL TYPE in map unit (Legend category. See layer file for descriptions)
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupA1 NumberPercentage of A1 soil (Highly calcareous sandy loam) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupA2 NumberPercentage of A2 soil (Calcareous loam on rock) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupA3 NumberPercentage of A3 soil (Moderately calcareous loam) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupA4 NumberPercentage of A4 soil (Calcareous loam) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupA5 NumberPercentage of A5 soil (Calcareous loam on clay) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupA6 NumberPercentage of A6 soil (Calcareous gradational clay loam) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupA7 NumberPercentage of A7 soil (Calcareous clay loam on marl) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupA8 NumberPercentage of A8 soil (Gypseous calcareous loam) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupB1 NumberPercentage of B1 soil (Shallow highly calcareous sandy loam on calcrete) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupB2 NumberPercentage of B2 soil (Shallow calcareous loam on calcrete) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupB3 NumberPercentage of B3 soil (Shallow sandy loam on calcrete) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupB4 NumberPercentage of B4 soil (Shallow red loam on limestone) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupB5 NumberPercentage of B5 soil (Shallow dark clay loam on limestone) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupB6 NumberPercentage of B6 soil (Shallow loam over red clay on calcrete) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupB7 NumberPercentage of B7 soil (Shallow sand over clay on calcrete) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupB8 NumberPercentage of B8 soil (Shallow sand on calcrete) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupB9 NumberPercentage of B9 soil (Shallow clay loam over brown or dark clay on calcrete) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupC1 NumberPercentage of C1 soil (Gradational sandy loam) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupC2 NumberPercentage of C2 soil (Gradational loam on rock) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupC3 NumberPercentage of C3 soil (Friable gradational clay loam) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupC4 NumberPercentage of C4 soil (Hard gradational clay loam) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupC5 NumberPercentage of C5 soil (Dark gradational clay loam) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupD1 NumberPercentage of D1 soil (Loam over clay on rock) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupD2 NumberPercentage of D2 soil (Loam over red clay) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupD3 NumberPercentage of D3 soil (Loam over poorly structured red clay) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupD4 NumberPercentage of D4 soil (Loam over pedaric red clay) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupD5 NumberPercentage of D5 soil (Hard loamy sand over red clay) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupD6 NumberPercentage of D6 soil (Ironstone gravelly sandy loam over red clay) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupD7 NumberPercentage of D7 soil (Loam over poorly structured clay on rock) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupE1 NumberPercentage of E1 soil (Black cracking clay) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupE2 NumberPercentage of E2 soil (Red cracking clay) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupE3 NumberPercentage of E3 soil (Brown or grey cracking clay) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupF1 NumberPercentage of F1 soil (Loam over brown or dark clay) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupF2 NumberPercentage of F2 soil (Sandy loam over poorly structured brown or dark clay) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupG1 NumberPercentage of G1 soil (Sand over sandy clay loam) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupG2 NumberPercentage of G2 soil (Bleached sand over sandy clay loam) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupG3 NumberPercentage of G3 soil (Thick sand over clay) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupG4 NumberPercentage of G4 soil (Sand over poorly structured clay) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupH1 NumberPercentage of H1 soil (Carbonate sand) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupH2 NumberPercentage of H2 soil (Siliceous sand) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupH3 NumberPercentage of H3 soil (Bleached siliceous sand) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupI1 NumberPercentage of I1 soil (Highly leached sand) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupI2 NumberPercentage of I2 soil (Wet highly leached sand) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupJ1 NumberPercentage of J1 soil (Ironstone soil with alkaline lower subsoil) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupJ2 NumberPercentage of J2 soil (Ironstone soil) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupJ3 NumberPercentage of J3 soil (Shallow soil on ferricrete) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupK1 NumberPercentage of K1 soil (Acidic gradational loam on rock) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupK2 NumberPercentage of K2 soil (Acidic loam over clay on rock) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupK3 NumberPercentage of K3 soil (Acidic sandy loam over red clay on rock) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupK4 NumberPercentage of K4 soil (Acidic sandy loam over brown or grey clay on rock) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupK5 NumberPercentage of K5 soil (Acidic gradational sandy loam on rock) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupL1 NumberPercentage of L1 soil (Shallow soil on rock) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupM1 NumberPercentage of M1 soil (Deep sandy loam) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupM2 NumberPercentage of M2 soil (Deep friable gradational clay loam) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupM3 NumberPercentage of M3 soil (Deep gravelly soil) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupM4 NumberPercentage of M4 soil (Deep hard gradational sandy loam) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupN1 NumberPercentage of N1 soil (Peat) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupN2 NumberPercentage of N2 soil (Saline soil) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupN3 NumberPercentage of N3 soil (Wet soil (non to moderately saline) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupO1 NumberPercentage of O1 soil (Volcanic ash soil) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupRR NumberPercentage of RR (Rock) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupWW NumberPercentage of WW (Water) in map unit
Landscape.SALAD_Soil_SubgroupXX NumberPercentage of map unit which is not applicable

Contact Information

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