(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2009)

Document title

The depiction of soil profiles since the late 1700s

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) ISRIC - World Soil Information, Wageningen, PAYS-BAS


This paper traces the depiction of soil profiles in the scientific literature from the late 1700. The first soil profile depictions were simple diagrams illustrating different layers and soil processes. Photographs started to appear in textbooks at the end of the nineteenth century. In the 1950s, several books contained water paintings and from the 1970s onwards textbooks had colour photographs. Soil profile depictions were merely used to illustrate different orders in a classification system. Since the 1990s, efforts have been made to depict the soil profile in 3D. The overall trends and pattern found in this analysis not only reflect the technical ability to depict soils (e.g. camera, printing techniques) but also reflect the state of knowledge on the key properties and processes that have formed a soil


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2009, vol. 79, no2 [pp. 113-127]

Bibliographic references : 1,5 p.

Collation : 19 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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