Online Soil Color Scale

Soil Colors

What color is the soil in your neighborhood? Most people think soil is brown or black, but soil can be many different shades and in almost any color!

The color of the soil can tell us a lot of information about how it was formed, the environment where it is found, or even what it contains.

If you find a shade of soil in your community that is different from what you normally see, take a close up picture and email it to us. Describe the soil, the city/state you took the picture, and describe the location where it was found.

If its a new color, we’ll add it to the JMG online color scale and start displaying them here on this page!