What is it?

What do I see on my screen?

This map shows the soil parent material found at each National Soil Inventory of Scotland sampling location. This is the material in which the soils form. Parent material information is derived from the National Soil Inventory of Scotland (NSIS 1978-88) dataset.

Map legend

The parent material is divided into the following categories:

Aeolian - material deposited due to action of the wind Aeolian - material deposited due to action of the wind
Alluvium - material deposited due to action of rivers or streams Alluvium - material deposited due to action of rivers or streams
Colluvium - material deposited due to down hillslope movement by creeping or surface wash Colluvium - material deposited due to down hillslope movement by creeping or surface wash
Cryogenic - material derived from the action of freeze and thaw processes Cryogenic - material derived from the action of freeze and thaw processes
Fluvioglacial - material relating to or denoting erosion or deposition caused by flowing meltwater from glaciers or ice sheets Fluvioglacial - material relating to or denoting erosion or deposition caused by flowing meltwater from glaciers or ice sheets
Moraine - mass of rocks and sediment carried down and deposited by a glacier Moraine - mass of rocks and sediment carried down and deposited by a glacier
Organic - organic deposit Organic - organic deposit
Other parent material Other
Raised beach - former beach now lying above water level owing to geological changes since its formation Raised beach - former beach now lying above water level owing to geological changes since its formation
Residual - unconsolidated rock material Residual - unconsolidated rock material
Scree - accumulated debris that rest against the base of an inland cliff Scree - accumulated debris that rest against the base of an inland cliff
Till - unsorted glacial sediment Till - unsorted glacial sediment
Water-modified till - glacial sediment sorted through water actions Water-modified till - glacial sediment sorted through water actions
Not sampled - undefined parent material Not sampled - undefined parent material

 

What is included in the digital dataset?

Parent material information is not provided as a separate dataset but is one of the National Soil Inventory of Scotland (NSIS 1978-88) dataset attributes. 

How was the map / dataset created?

You can find out more about the protocols used to generate this map in the NSIS Soil location, sampling and profile description protocols

This map should be cited as: 'Lilly, A., Bell, J.S., Hudson, G., Nolan, A.J. & Towers. W. (Compilers) (2010). National soil inventory of Scotland (NSIS_1); site location, sampling and profile description protocols. (1978-1988). Technical Bulletin. Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen'.

How is it updated?

No updates to date

 

Using the map

What can I do?

Click on the map to find out the parent material at each sampling location. The parent material information is derived from the National Soil Inventory of Scotland (NSIS 1978-88) dataset. You can download the whole dataset for Scotland. 

 

Technical and reference material


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