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Developing a WWW Resource on Arid Soils of the US and Israel

Project Number: 
Project Duration: 
19 Months
May 1, 1996 to December 1, 1997
Institution of Principle Investigator while on this project: 
University of Arizona

Investigators (most current known information)

Project Librarian, Arid Lands Information Center, The University of Arizona, 1955 East 6th Street, Tucson AZ 85719
TEL: +1-520-621-8571, FAX: +1-520-621-3816, Email:
Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, Tel Aviv University, POB 39040, Tel-Aviv 69978, ISRAEL

Proposal Abstract

Good management of soil resources requires understnading the complex nature of soils. The fragility of desert environments makes the management of ardic soils particularly important. If aridic soils are not managed appropriately, they can be so damaged that even decades of careful use cannot reclaim them. With this in mind, Carla Long Casler, Principal Investigator, Dr. Eyal Ben-Dor, soil scientist at Tel-Aviv University, Michael Haseltine, Web Architect, and Joseph Tabor, soil consultant, undertook the development of a Web site that would serve as a resource of soil information for soil scientists, farmers, land developers, and policy makers for planning uses in arid lands which will conserve this valuable natural resource. This demonstration project, besides developing introductory and background information, adapting publications for presentation on the Web site, and compiling useful links to other Web sites, also experimented with presenting translations in Hebrew on the Web site.



Casler, C. 1997. "Designing a Web resource on aridic soils of Israel and the U.S." Presented at the Joint Conference for the United States Agricultural Network and the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists.

Casler, C. 1996. "International collaboration in developing a Website." Presented, International libraries round table of the Arizona Library Association conference.


Casler, C. and K. Schneider. 2002. "Soil Science." In Using the agricultural, environmental, and food literature. eds. B. S. Hutchinson and A. P.Greider. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc., pp. 451-487.


Soils of Arid Regions of the United States and Israel (4 February 2005)


Support for this project came from the USDA Forest Service