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This material is based upon work supported by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Award Numbers INDE-2008-01955 and 2013-70003-20924, and by the Natural Resource Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Award Numbers 68-7482-16-564, 68-3A75-17-450 and NR193A750025C004. Additional funding was provided by the Ariquipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water and the Environment (https://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/arequipa-nexus/) and the U. S. Agency for International Development. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Agency for International Development, or the U.S. Government. The Soil Explorer website, mobile apps, and content were developed by the Integrating Spatial Educational Experiences Network (lsee Network), a multi-state collaboration of university and USDA researchers, educators, and specialists. More information about the Isee Network is available at http://isee.network. Reselling or redistributing any part of Soil Explorer website, mobile apps, or content to any individual or group is prohibited. No user may extract text or code from the Soil Explorer website or mobile apps without written permission. Screen captures of maps may be made so long as they are attributed to SoilExplorer.net. Website and app code © 2015 - 2024 Purdue University. All Rights Reserved.

Suggested Citation

Isee Network (2015 – 2024). Soil Explorer. Online at http://SoilExplorer.net. Accessed <date of access>.

Information for individual map layers is available below the list of map layers on the website or by tapping the information icon on the menu bar of the mobile app.


The full list of contributors is available at http://isee.network.


Website and app development by Sultan Alahmadi, Rachel Moore, Shikha Verma, Vincent Wang, Kuan Ting (Arthur) Wu, David McClure and Michael Hill (BoilerApps, Purdue University), Nicole Kong and Shirley Li (Purdue University Libraries) and Darrell G. Schulze (Agronomy Department, Purdue University), Icon design by Russell J. Merzdorf (Agricultural Communications, Purdue University) and Leah Schumacher (Discovery Learning Research Center, Purdue University). Contributors to earlier versions of the website and versions 1.0 – 1.5.1 of the iOS app include Bedrich Benes, Andrew Britton, Chris Gaeta, Laura A. Kocur, Kavin Nataraja, and Ronald J. Glotzbach (Computer Graphics Technology Department, Purdue University) and Chris C. Miller (Purdue University Libraries).


Data sources, authors, and funding source(s), if different from above, of individual maps or overlays, if applicable, can be found below the list of maps. The website uses the ESRI ArcGIS API for JavaScript. The iOS and Android apps use the mapping API provided by ESRI ArcGIS Runtime SDK.

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This website is intended for educational purposes only. The information it contains are the views of its contributors, which have not been approved by any government agency, business, or individual. The information it contains reflects the best knowledge of the contributors at the time it was written. Actual conditions may change at any time. This website is distributed with the understanding that the contributors are not rendering legal or other professional advice to users, and that the information contained herein should not be regarded or relied upon as a substitute for professional consultation. Using the information in this website constitutes an agreement to hold the contributors, institutions, and reviewers harmless for liability, damage, or expense incurred as a result of reference to or reliance upon the information provided.

Reference in this website to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement, recommendation, or certification of any kind by members of the Isee Network or their institutions. Individuals using such products assume responsibility for their use in accordance with current directions of the manufacturer.

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