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Munsell’s Soil Classification System has been the industry standard for more than 60 years, aiding in the management and stewardship of our earth’s natural resources. Munsell Soil Color Charts are a quick and affordable way to assess soil types in any given area. The color charts in this book are portable and organized to allow for easy and accurate evaluations in the field.
With Munsell Soil Color Charts, users from a wide range of professions can share reliable and consistent information about the composition of soils at one site with colleagues anywhere in the world. Essential to a host of industries, the charts are ideal for education (universities and high schools), forestry, forensics, environmental and soil sciences, building and contracting, landscaping, real estate, health departments, geology, archaeology, and more. Knowing the color of a soil can identify its best present uses, as well as its history and perhaps even its future.
The Munsell Soil Color Book is the field and laboratory standard for classifying soil color.  This revised edition features the same colors available in previous books plus additional color charts. Included are a 10Y and 5GY soil chart for glauconite soils, a 5R soil chart for Australia and Southeast Asia, and a 7.5R soil chart for tropical and semi-tropical soils. A Munsell high value, low chroma “white” page shows half steps from 8.5 to 9.5 in value with chromas of 1 and 2 for N, 7.5YR, 10YR, and 2.5Y. Use this page to describe carbonate, silica, gypsum, and soluble salt precipitates and evaporites common to arid and semi-arid environments as well as very light-colored parent materials such as diatomaceous earth and volcanic ash. The light gray pages decrease sun glare. The color chips are recessed into each water-resistant page to allow dirt and debris to be wiped off easily with less effect on the color chips. 2009 Revised Edition. Soil Color Chart Size: 6" x 8".
The following pages are included in the Munsell Soil Color Charts:

  • Munsell 10R Soil Chart
  • Munsell 10YR Soil Chart
  • Munsell 2.5Y Soil Chart
  • Munsell 2.5YR Soil Chart
  • Munsell 5Y Soil Chart
  • Munsell 5YR Soil Chart
  • Munsell 7.5YR Soil
  • 10Y - 5GY Colors - Olive greens Soil Chart
  • Gray 1 & 2 (2 - Separate Charts) Soil Charts
  • Munsell 5R Individual Soil Chart
  • Munsell 7.5R Individual Soil Chart
  • "New" White Page, 7.5R, 10YR, & 2.5Y


  • 10Y and 5GY soil chart for glauconitic soils
  • 5R soil chart for Australia and Southeast Asia
  • 7.5R soil chart for tropical and semi-tropical soils
  • Binder Dimensions: 6” x 7.75” x 1”; Page Size 4 3/8” x 7 1/4”; Weight 3 lbs or 1.3 kgs


What is the Munsell® Soil Color Book used for?

It's a tool for accurately classifying and communicating soil colors using the Munsell Soil Classification System, essential in fields like environmental science and forestry.

How does the Munsell Soil Color Book assist various industries?

It provides a standardized method to evaluate soil types, aiding in accurate soil analysis and communication across education, research, and practical applications.

What features does the Munsell Soil Color Book include?

The book includes water-resistant pages and color charts for a wide range of soils, including special charts for glauconitic and tropical soils, designed for both field and lab use.

Who benefits from using the Munsell Soil Color Book?

Educators, students, foresters, environmental scientists, and professionals in related fields who require an accurate understanding of soil composition and its applications.

How has the Munsell Soil Color Book been updated?

Recent updates include additional color charts for soils from Australia, Southeast Asia, and tropical regions, enhancing its utility worldwide.