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Soils of Niagara

Niagara Soils is a digital data set that contains information about soil patterns of the Niagara Regionacquired from Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, 1990. It is based on the popular 1:25,000 scale paper map series The Soils of the Regional Municipality of Niagara, found in the Map Library's main map file under G 3463 N54 J3 1989 O567. This data set includes information such as soil polygon areas, perimeter measurements, slope, drainage and soil type. The associated attribute table includes a field with the symbol found on the related paper map of the specific soil polygon. A comparison of the paper map with the data product will assist the user in interpreting the data.
Such data is potentially useful for studies that require a general overview of soil types in the region (e.g. environmental impact assessments; erosion studies; agricultural capability studies and engineering studies).

Data Format
The soils data is available in ArcInfo coverage or ArcView shapefile formats. The data can be translated to other GIS or graphics formats as needed.

Use Restrictions/Copyright
The data is licenced to Brock University faculty, staff and students for teaching and research purposes only. A license agreement must be signed before the files will be delivered. The data is under copyright by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

Accessing the Data

Data can be downloaded directly from Scholars GeoPortal.

The data is accessed using GIS (geographic information systems) software including ArcGIS. GIS data layers may be downloaded from the Canadian Soil Information Systems site. Niagara soils are available here. Paper versions of the maps and reports have been digitized by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and may be viewed using the links below.

Soils of the Regional Municipality of Niagara - Report No.60 v.1, v.2

Soils of the Municipality of Niagara (1:25,000) [map] G 3463 N54 J3 1989 O567

Sample Citation Format
Niagara Soils [computer file]. (1990). Guelph, Ontario: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Available: Brock University Map Library Controlled Access (OMIKRON) S:\Maplibrary\DATA\Niagara\OMAFRA\soils\NIAGS (Accessed current date).

Example of the GIS Data Set
sample soil data image

Generalized Soil Map of Niagara

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