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Soils and Geology Links

Agencies and organizations


International Union of Soil Sciences
(supports soil science and scientists globally; data and information; World Soils Congress)

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, soils website
(soils info A-Z; Web Soil Survey; links to partners and universities)

USDA NRCS “state soil” links
(links to information about the official or un-official “state soil” in each state)

ODNR Soil and Water Resources soils program
(soils info A-Z; county soils info/maps;  home of Earth Resources Information Network (GIS))

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
(knowledge and practices to sustain global soils; focus on crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, land use; online courses; Certified Professional Soil Scientist and Certified Professional Agronomist; K-12 education)

SSSA divisions
(soil physics, soil chemistry, soil biology/biochemistry, soil fertility/plant nutrition, pedology, soil/water management/conservation, forest/range/wildlands soils, nutrient management, soil mineralogy, wetland soils, others)

American Society of Agronomy
(dedicated to the conservation and wise use of natural resources to produce food, feed, and fiber crops while maintaining and improving the environment; implements Certified Crop Advisor program)

National Cooperative Soil Survey
(Under USDA NRCS leadership, federal, regional, state, and local agencies, and private entities and institutions cooperate to promote and coordinate soils/information programs)

Soil and Water Conservation Society
(international scientific/educational organization that serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs, and policy; weekly e-Conservation NewsBriefs, blogs, All Ohio Chapter)

United States Consortium of Soil Science Associations
(facilitates communication among many associations and organizations)

Smithsonian Institution exhibits
(site for Dig It!  The Secrets of Soil exhibit from 2008 – 2010)

Association of Ohio Pedologists
(shares soils info; professional development; Ohio SSSA certified professional soil scientists links)

Association for Women Soil Scientists
(supports women in the soil science community)

North Central Committee on Soil and Landscape Assessment, Function, and Interpretation 
(North Central States Land Grant faculty working on research/outreach programs supporting National Cooperative Soil Survey)

Agencies and organizations


U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
(links to states; OH link has many data and information sets; links to many other USGS programs:

Educational and Other Resources
(>100 links to science centers, orgs, Ohio Geological Survey)

Ohio DNR Division of Geological Survey
(publications, maps, some interactive; data, education resources; Geology of Ohio; shale; earthquakes)

State Geological Surveys Listing
Ohio DNR Div. of Geological Survey maintained links to all 50 state geology/survey programs)

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
(professional development; environmental geosciences; energy minerals; gateway/links; ed resources) 

American Geological Institute
(info, geoscience education, policy, environmental geoscience, careers, Earth Science World/Week)

American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) - Ohio Section
(advocate for geology and geologic professionals; Certified Professional Geologist program; filed trips)

Association of American State Geologists (AASG)
(represents/links to 50 state geologists/state programs; advance science and practical applications)

Geological Society of America (GSA)
(connects earth scientists from all sectors to society; educational resources; links to 61 associated societies; links to 17 divisions: Archaeological Geology Coal Geology Environmental and Engineering Geology Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Geoinformatics Geology and Health Geology and Society Geophysics Geoscience Education History and Philosophy of Geology Hydrogeology Limnogeology Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Planetary Geology Quaternary Geology & Geomorphology Sedimentary Geology Structural Geology & Tectonics)

Geology Departments at Ohio Colleges and Universities
(links to college and university geology and earth science departments in Ohio)

Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition
(supporting production of 3-D surficial materials maps for eight states:  MN to NY)

International Commission on Stratigraphy
(sets global standards for the fundamental scale for expressing the history of the Earth)

International Mineralogical Association
(for government, industry, academic scientists in mineralogy; maintains authoritative list of minerals)

Michigan Basin Geological Society
(field trips, guides, publications for professionals and enthusiasts, for the “state up north”)

Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP)
US Dept. of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory sponsor; studies carbon sequestration especially for energy development; extensive links to carbon sequestration, climate change)

Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association
(trade association for all mineral mining except coal; links to industry, members, agencies)

Ohio Geological Society
(advances science of geology as it relates to petroleum, natural gas and associated liquids, ground water, coal, oil shales, and other natural resources; links to consultants; Ohio affiliate of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists)

Ohio Oil and Gas Association
(trade association for exploration, production, and development of crude oil and natural gas in Ohio)

OhioSeis: The Ohio Seismic Network
(led by Ohio Geological Survey and Ohio Emergency Management Agency:  29 coop volunteer-operated seismic stations at colleges and other institutions; info on past earthquakes)

Orton Memorial Library of Geology (Ohio State University)
(over 120,000 volumes of books and serials relevant to geochemistry, physical geography, various aspects of geology (economic, environmental, historical, stratigraphic, and structural), geomorphology, geophysics, hydrology, meteorology, mineralogy, physical oceanography, paleontology, paleobotany, paleozoology, petrology, polar studies (glaciology, etc.), pollution (soil, water, and selected aspects, such as mine drainage, trace elements, etc.) and soils; many online; online copies of early publications)

Planet Earth Institute: Earth Sciences for Society
(in close association with UNESCO and the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) continues International Year of Planet Earth (2007-09) agenda and, for the benefit of both civil society and the corporate world, works to ensure greater and more effective use of the exciting knowledge we possess about our planet.

Federation of Earth Science Information Partners
(open networked community that brings together science, data and information technology practitioners; through Foundation for Earth Science with support from NOAA/NASA)

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
(education, information, regulations, grants for many energy-related programs)

U.S. DOE - National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
(supports energy and environmental research and development for many sources through partnerships, grants, information sharing, etc.)

U.S. Department of Energy: Office of Fossil Energy
(energy sources, energy efficiency, environment, prices/trends, national security, safety/health)

(local agencies and organizations may be added later; in meantime try links above to link to them)