The Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Soil Scientists (MAPSS) is a non- profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the profession of soil science and the protection of the public interest in matters related to soil science. The Association was organized in 1987 and serves professionals primarily in the Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia area. The membership consists of private consultants, federal government employees, university faculty, state and county employees and other individuals interested in the goals and objectives of the Association in the Mid-Atlantic region.



UMD's Soil judging team triumphant at the 57th national soil judging contest in delkalb, IL in April.

A 4th place group finish combined with a stellar showing in the individual portion of the contest resulted in UMD winning the 2017 National Soils Competition title.

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Thanks to all who helped and all who participated in the 8th international conference to address the issue of acid sulfate soils, found in coastal regions throughout the world. Oxidation of the metal sulfides in these soils, upon exposure to air,  produces sulfuric acid. The subsequent acidification of soil and drainage waters often leads to detrimental ecological consequences.




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phil king (left) and carl robinette hard at work measuring soil permeability with the help of amoozemeters.

Learn all about the UMD Soil Judging Team's recent achievements, the MD Land Judging Contest, how amoozemeter measurements compare to morphological features in assessing soil permeability, and our new Facebook page!

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