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The present study was undertaken to identify the morphological, physical, chemical and mineralogical characteristics of the soil in Wadi El-Saieda area, Aswan Governorate, Egypt, in order to classify and evaluate it from agricultural use view point.
Wadi El-Saieda area occupies a portion of the western desert. It is bounded by longitudes 32 ° 10’ 00’’ and 32° 55’ 00’’ E and latitudes 24° 50’ 00’’ and 25° 10’ 00’’ N covering a surface area of approximately 450,000 feddan. The studied area occupies about 369,152 feddan.
Mineralogy of sand fraction reveals that quartz predominated the light minerals, while feldspars (microcline, orthoclase and plagioclase) are least in dominance.
Soils of Wadi El-Saieda area were classified into Entisols and Aridisols orders which were represented by six subgroups; Typic Torriorthents, Typic Torripsamments, Typic Haplosalids, Typic Haplocalcids,