The vector data set is based on the FAO-UNESCO Soil Map of the World. The Digitized Soil Map of the World, at 1:5.000.000
scale, is in the Geographic projection (Latitude - Longitude) intersected with a template containing water related features
(coastlines, lakes, glaciers and double-lined rivers). The Digital Soil Map of the World (except for the continent of Africa)
was intersected with the Country Boundaries map from the World Data Bank II (with country boundaries updated to January 1994
at 1:3 000 000 scale), obtained from the US Government. For Africa, the country boundaries are derived from the FAO Country
Boundaries on the original FAO/UNESCO Soil Map of the World. Country boundaries in both cases were checked and adjusted in
certain places on the basis of FAO and UN conventions.
The maps (jpg and pdf) are also available on the FAO soil Portal together with their reports for the following regions :
North America, Mexico and Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, South Asia, Nortah and Central Asia, Sourtheast
Asia and Australasia.
Pertinent information regarding the production and use of the digital soil map of the world can be found in the readme.doc
contained in the zip file available below for download. A layer (.lyr), legend (.avl), readme and various excel files desribing
the Digital Soil Map of the World are provided in the data download and are described fully at http://www.fao.org/landandwater/agll/key2soil.stm.
Derived soil properties of the Digital Soil Map of the World are also available on GeoNetwork (http://www.fao.org/geonetwork/)
by searching the FAO catalogue for "digital soil map of the world".
The Digital Soil Map of the World is also available in raster version (resolution grid: 5 arc minutes).