What is it?

What do I see on my screen?

The map shows the location of each National Soil Inventory of Scotland sampling point. The colour of the symbol relates to the zinc concentration of the topsoil found at that point (in parts per million of air-dried soil). The soils were sampled between 1978 and 1988 as part of the National Soil Inventory of Scotland.

Map legend

The Zinc (Zn) concentration (parts per million of air-dried soil) is shown in the following categories:

Zn concentration less than 8.1 ppm Zn concentration less than 8.1 ppm
Zn concentration between 8.1 and 19.8 ppm Zn concentration between 8.1 and 19.8 ppm
Zn concentration between 19.8 and 35.6 ppm Zn concentration between 19.8 and 35.6 ppm
Zn concentration between 35.6 and 56.6 ppm Zn concentration between 35.6 and 56.6 ppm
Zn concentration between 56.6 and 96.8 ppm Zn concentration between 56.6 and 96.8 ppm
Zn concentration greater than 96.8 ppm Zn concentration greater than 96.8 ppm

What is included in the digital dataset?

Zinc (Zn) concentration in the topsoil is reported in parts per million (ppm) of air dried soil from the National Soil Inventory of Scotland (NSIS 1978-88) dataset. Data was collected at sample locations arranged on a 10 km grid across the country. The map shows the location of each sampling point and the zinc concentration of the topsoil.

How was the map /dataset created?

You can find out more about the protocols used to generate this map can in the NSIS Soil location, sampling and profile description protocols and the Geochemical atlas for Scottish topsoils.

This map should be cited as: 'Paterson, E. (2011). Geochemical Atlas for Scottish Topsoils. Macaulay Land Use Research 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 zinc concentration of the topsoil at each sampling location. The topsoil zinc concentration is part of the National Soil Inventory of Scotland (NSIS 1978-88) dataset. You can download the whole dataset for Scotland.

You can use the map to see the regional differences in zinc concentration in Scottish topsoils.

 

Technical and reference material


This page was last updated on 25 May 2017

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