From 1999 to 2011 I
was the Head of the World Soil Museum in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The 200 m2
hall displays soil profiles including pictures of landscapes,
land-use and soil management aspects. It is an unique museum showing some 80 soil profiles from all
over the world including information on their chemical and physical
properties, land-use and soil management constraints. The total soil
profile collection from ISRIC is over 900.
World Soil Museum is a key asset and it has a scientific and educational value.
It shows the use
and aesthetics of soils for a more general public. Above all the Museum
displays the wide range of soils in the world with their different properties
and management requirements. Visitors to the Museum include:
and high school students
students in the natural resources sciences, including agriculture,
biology, ecology, environment, forestry, geography and soil science
and managers from national and international organisations