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How Soil Forms

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There are some very key items that go into the soil that everyone walks on. The first thing, what is soil made from. Soil is actually broken up rock sediments and decomposed plants and animals. But what gives soil its texture? That also comes from the sediments it is made from. For instance, if the soil is very sandy, chances are it has sediments that was once sand.

You can have soil from anything sand, clay, rocks, sea shells, and bones even. The possibilities are endless when you have soil. The sediments of the rocks or clay or whatever is in a particular soil, determines if the is acidic or if it has nutrients or not. When rocks are being broken down, one must remember, that the earth does not receive new rocks.

The earth actually recycles itself over several years. This is why there are several types of soil. However, you can’t just go break a rock and have soil. There is a lot of decomposing that occurs for the sediments to become soil. Rock sediments have years and years of pressure and decomposing to turn into soil. But there must be more to soil then just the sediments that make it, right? You are correct, there is more.

What is another process of soil?

Remember that soil takes years to make, well climate and weather help with making soil. Now, some people think, well they are the same thing. This is where they are wrong. Weather is the day to day changes of Mother Nature and climate is the yearly changes of Mother Nature. Weather can be anything from rain to snow to sleet to hail. Weather erodes the rock sediments that are later put under pressure that turns it into soil. Weather also helps give nutrients to the sediments. Now there is a good thing that weather does for the future soil. The wind can pick up the sediments and blow them all over. This means that soil can contain several things, from all over the world. There also is a bad side effect when weather and soil mix. Now you know there is pollution in this world, it happens. Pollution can turn weather into a very harmful thing. When polluted rain or snow and rock sediments are mixed, you get acidic and very poor nutrients in the future soil.

What happens when humans and soil come into contact?

Humans use soil very many things. Ant farms, they eat it, but mostly people use it for farming and gardening.  Now if the soil has its own nutrients, you get quality crops, but humans have fertilizers to help enhance the product they are trying to grow. Fertilizers contain nutrients from animals and other natural nutrients that enhance the soil and therefore enhancing the crops that are grown. Well what happens if the famer farms wrong? When a farmer that has bad luck farming actually can damage soil to where it no longer is usable for farming. If you plan on using soil, try to preserve it as soil as much as possible.

Where can you find soil?

Soil is everywhere. Depending on what soil you use determines where you can find it. If you are looking for wet, clay like soil a good place to look is the banks and the river bed of calm rivers. If you want a sandy kind soil, a good place to look is near a beach. If you want a high nutrient soil, look at areas that had a fire and have new things growing. Fires can actually put nutrients back into the soil that the plants and animals have used.

Soil has many purposes in life, but getting it isn’t always easy, but it is a very simple process. It takes rocks, time, and weather. Humans also have effects on the soil that they use.

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