Soil classification

The names people use for soils will always reflect the needs of the day and the understanding people have for the part soil plays in underpinning many of our activities.

These pages attempt to provide background information about the different naming systems that have been used over the years, and, where possible, indicate how they relate to each other.

New Zealand Soil Classification (NZSC)
New Zealand legacy systems
US Soil Taxonomy (ST)
World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB)