Information is lacking on the soils and landscape
characteristics of large areas of Minnesota. Many planning
agencies simply have to go without information needed
for their work. Detailed soil surveys published on a scale
of 1:20,000 or 1:15,840 are being made by the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Soil Conservation
Service in cooperation with the Minnesota
Agricultural Experiment Station to fill this need. Because
they cannot be supplied rapidly enough for broad planning,
the Soil Atlas is being developed. It is not intended
to replace detailed soil survey reports, which are essential
for planning the use of smaller pieces of land. Detailed
soil survey work, carried on in most counties but unavailable
in published form, has been assembled and supplemented
to compile the Hibbing Sheet of the Minnesota
Until detailed soil surveys are available for all Minnesota
counties, broad planning can be facilitated by the
eleven sheets to be published in the Minnesota Soil Atlas
series (see inside cover). As detailed soil surveys become
available, the broad view of large planning will still be
necessary. It is proposed that this series of maps be published
with explanatory texts for each quadrangle in the
state. For uniformity the Atlas Sheets are being published
on the same scale as the U.S. Geological Survey topographic
maps and other maps prepared by the Minnesota
The Hibbing Sheet encompasses approximately
4,004,600 acres in northeastern Minnesota: from 47° to
48 o north latitude and from 92 o to 94 o west longitude, including
parts or all of five counties. No published surveys
of this area are available. Appendix B indicates the extent
of modern detailed soil surveys in this area.
University of Minnesota. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Minnesota Soil Atlas - Hibbing Sheet.
Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station.
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