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EPS 80: Environmental Earth Sciences: Government reports & maps

This guide provides information on locating books, journal articles, and government reports for your research on soil-related topics in the environmental sciences.

Finding Government Reports

Government reports can be a very useful source for information and data related to climate, geology, and environmental sciences. Various federal and state government agencies gather data and produce reports related to these issues.

See the UC Berkeley Libraries Government Information website for links to more government agencies and resources.

Finding Maps, Air Photos & Soil Surveys

The Earth Sciences and Map Library has over 500,000 maps and air photos in its collection. The libraries also have a large number of soil surveys, mostly in the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library.

To find maps: use the Advanced Keyword Search in OskiCat to search for subject keywords. Include the term maps as well as place names or common subject keywords for maps. Example: san jose calif* maps. See our Finding Maps in OskiCat guide for additional help.

To find air photos: use our Catalog of Aerial Photography to find air photos of the Bay Area and other parts of California. Search by county for the best results. Try the USGS EROS Data Center for current and historic air photos online.

To find soil information: use the Advanced Keyword Search in OskiCat to search for subject keywords. Include the term soil surveys as well as place names. In addition, try these print and online resources:

  • UC Davis SoilWeb
  • NCRS Web Soil Survey: provides current soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. It has soil maps and data available online for more than 95 percent of the nation’s counties.
  • Archived Soil Surveys lists current and older soil surveys published by the USDA since 1899. Many of the older ones are available online as PDF files.
  • Soil survey (S591 .A46) is a set of U.S. soil surveys from the 1920s to the present shelved in the Soil Survey section of the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library.
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