About This Project and Website
This website is the result of a demonstration project funded
by the International Arid Lands
Consortium to design and create a WWW site for information
on soils of arid regions of the U.S. and Israel.
Management of soil resources requires understanding the complex
nature of soils, and the understanding and management of aridic
soils is particularly important given the fragility of desert
environments. If aridic soils are not managed appropriately, they
can be so damaged that even decades of careful use cannot reclaim
them. Considerable information already exists within the United
States and Israel which can guide soil scientists, farmers, land
developers, and policy makers to plan uses of the land which conserve
this valuable natural resource.
This project, then, was designed to provide information to assist
those who would manage their impact on the soils of arid regions
for sustainability. For further details, see the Project Proposal.