Is there any place where we can get soil Shapefiles of India (if not detailed information, can we get region wise/state wise)? I have seen this data base for few regions like USA.

To compute "Q" in a basin or at a point, I am looking for soil shapefiles to use in Arcgis.

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As far as I am aware, this data is currently not available freely due to various reasons.

update You can download the shapefile from FAO's Site: http://www.fao.org/geonetwork/srv/en/main.home?uuid=446ed430-8383-11db-b9b2-000d939bc5d8

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However you can get some basic information about the various soil properties for a given area here : India-WRIS

You can also find some old maps at EU Soils, which you could digitize to create new shapefiles.

Disclaimer: I am currently working on the team that is involved in the development of the first linked site

  • Thanks for the information. I got soil details of the India area in pdf format. There is huge area to digitize and I am avoiding digitization option. I am looking for shape files so that I can use it to get results of the application. The site you provided also having lot of useful information. Mar 27, 2012 at 8:50
  • A co-worker just pointed out this link on FAO's site: fao.org/geonetwork/srv/en/… Mar 27, 2012 at 8:51

You can download detailed geology of India once you have registered, which is free, from here: http://bhukosh.gsi.gov.in/Bhukosh/Public.

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