Geospatial Laboratory for Soil Informatics
We integrate geographic information technology with soil science to advance understanding of soil landscapes and develop better soil maps. Our work begins with strategically thinking about sampling design to efficiently capture landscape variability and ends with the effective communication of soil information to meet respective audience’s needs. In between is a lot of data mining, spatial analysis, and study of soil forming processes to better understand soil-landscape relationships.

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“Science is not a body of facts. Science is a method for deciding whether what we choose to believe has a basis in the laws of nature or not.”

Marcia McNutt (former head of USGS, editor for the journal Science)

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Marcia McNutt (former head of USGS, editor for the journal Science)

“Science is not a body of facts. Science is a method for deciding whether what we choose to believe has a basis in the laws of nature or not.”
“The fundamental cause of trouble in the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”

Bertrand Russell

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Bertrand Russell

“The fundamental cause of trouble in the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
“Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth.”

Peter Medawar

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Peter Medawar

“Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth.”
“Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.”

Henry Ford

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Henry Ford

“Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.”
“Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make all of them yourself.”

Anonymous

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Anonymous

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make all of them yourself.”
“A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.”

H. H. Munro (Saki)

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H. H. Munro (Saki)

“A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.”
“I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.”

Xenocrates

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Xenocrates

“I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.”
“Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgment.”

Anonymous

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Anonymous

“Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgment.”
“There are no facts, only interpretations.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Friedrich Nietzsche

“There are no facts, only interpretations.”
“Science does not know its debt to imagination.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Science does not know its debt to imagination.”
“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”

Samuel Johnson

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Samuel Johnson

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”
“Physics is mathematics, not because we know too much about the physical world, but because we know too little. The only things we can discover are the mathematical properties of the physical system.”

Bertrand Russell

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Bertrand Russell

“Physics is mathematics, not because we know too much about the physical world, but because we know too little. The only things we can discover are the mathematical properties of the physical system.”
“You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.”

Anonymous

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Anonymous

“You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.”
“The whole is simpler than the sum of its parts.”

Willard Gibbs

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Willard Gibbs

“The whole is simpler than the sum of its parts.”
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
“A witty saying proves nothing.”

Voltaire

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Voltaire

“A witty saying proves nothing.”
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

Henry David Thoreau

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Henry David Thoreau

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
“Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.”

George E.P. Box

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George E.P. Box

“Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.”
“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
“We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.”

Vince Lombardi

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Vince Lombardi

“We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.”
“Never mistake motion for action.”

Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway

“Never mistake motion for action.”
"To be a successful farmer one must first know the nature of the soil."

Xenophon, Oeconomicus

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Xenophon, Oeconomicus

"To be a successful farmer one must first know the nature of the soil."
“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”

Jimi Hendrix

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Jimi Hendrix

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”
“Consistency in opinion is the slow poison of intellectual life, the destroyer of its vividness and energy.”

Humphrey Davy

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Humphrey Davy

“Consistency in opinion is the slow poison of intellectual life, the destroyer of its vividness and energy.”
“I write to discover what I know.”

Flannery O’Connor

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Flannery O’Connor

“I write to discover what I know.”
“The expectations of theory colour perception to such a degree that new notions seldom arise from facts collected under the influence of old pictures of the world. New pictures cast their influence before facts can be seen in a different perspective.”

Niles Eldridge & Stephen Gould

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Niles Eldridge & Stephen Gould

“The expectations of theory colour perception to such a degree that new notions seldom arise from facts collected under the influence of old pictures of the world. New pictures cast their influence before facts can be seen in a different perspective.”
“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.”

Carl Sagan

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Carl Sagan

“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.”
The greater number of landscapes I explored, the more it seemed that they had traits in common and that the essence of each was not its uniqueness but its similarity to others.

J.B. Jackson

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J.B. Jackson

The greater number of landscapes I explored, the more it seemed that they had traits in common and that the essence of each was not its uniqueness but its similarity to others.
“The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don’t have it.”

George Bernard Shaw

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George Bernard Shaw

“The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don’t have it.”
“What I stand for is what I stand on.”

Wendell Berry

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Wendell Berry

“What I stand for is what I stand on.”