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Mapped soils

Data for agriculture, industrial zones, and water resources

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A digital map of Brazilian soils, released by Embrapa Soils in Rio de Janeiro, will be an important new tool to support public environmental conservation policies. The system uses available environmental data about soil, topography, climate, and other features, associating them with mathematical and statistical models in order to predict information that was not measured, but can be correlated by means of the environmental variables that determine soil formation. A similar survey using traditional techniques would take researchers years to complete, not to mention its high cost. Digital mapping can be used to answer requests for information for use in the pursuit of such activities as soil management in agriculture, environmental zoning, water resource management, and land use planning.

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