We show the Watercolor Collection of Soil Profiles of Prof. W.L. Kubiëna, a work done during the stay of this exceptional scientist in the former Institute of Pedology and Plant BiologyW.L. Kubiena. Click on it to get a larger image (Instituto de Edafología y Biología Vegetal) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, Madrid), between 1943 and 1970. This work also contributes to the celebrations of CSIC and The Spanish Soil Science Society (SECS) to commemorate 2015 International Year of Soils (UN Resolution A/RES/68/232).

Example of a watercolors of soil profiles. Click on it to get a larger image These pages contain photographs of some of the original watercolors, as well as the full collection of their smaller reproductions.

These small plates were used as illustrations in the book of Prof. Kubiëna 
The Soils of Europe, published simultaneously in German (Bestimmungsbuch und Systematik der Böden Europas), and Spanish (Claves Sistemáticas de Suelos), a work considered during many years a master piece for the study and teaching of Pedology. Following the success of these publications, a new book was prepared, Atlas of Soil Profiles (also published in Spanish, Atlas de Perfiles de Suelos), in order the readers could keep loose the coloured plates of soil profiles. The original watercolors from this collection were painted by Gertrud Kallab and Anton Prazak.

The originals shown in this collection are stored in the current Institute of Agricultural Sciences (Instituto de Ciencias Agrarias, ICA), and are part of the historical heritage of the CSIC.

This watercolor collection of soil profiles, along with the Collection of Thin Sections of Soils of the same author, have an extraordinary historical value and demonstrate the efforts made by Prof. Kubiena to establish the first pillars of soil micromorphology during his stay at the former Institute of Pedology and Plant Biology (Instituto de Edafología y Biología Vegetal), currently Institute of Agricultural Sciences (Instituto de Ciencias Agrarias, ICA).

M. Teresa García González
Director, Institute of Agricultural Sciences
Spanish National Research Council
Madrid, April 2015

Additional information for the reader

This collection contains two general tables that can be accessed through the link 
Small plates (to access the full collection of this size), or through Original watercolors (to access the photos of some of these watercolors). In both cases, these tables show several photo-camera symbols that link to the corresponding images and their corresponding explanations. The table corresponding to Small plates also allows to retrieve a pdf file containing a copy of the full collection of these small size images.

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