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This monograph records the criteria used by the Soil Survey of England and Wales to define soil series.
An historical background to soil survey and the development of the soil series concept in Britain is given in an introductory chapter. The differentiating criteria for soil series are then dealt with, including the nature of the parent material, textural characterization and mineralogical differentiae. A final chapter discusses the definition of soil series in each parent material type and subtype and gives a key to rationalized soil series.
An index to all the soil series recognized by the Soil Survey of England and Wales up to the end of 1983 is given in an Appendix. The index lists the Soil Survey publication in which each series was first described, gives its present subgroup classification, the publication, if any, in which the subgroup was first used and where necessary the rationalized series name that has now replaced it.