Soil (above)

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Uses for soil

Despite being literal dirt, soil actually has many uses. Click here to find out more about the uses of soil.

Threats of soil

Soil can be weathered away by several things. It can also be damaged by chemicals. Click here to find out more about the threats of soil.

Conservation of soil

Soil can be threatened by many things, though there are ways to prevent soil from damage or weathering. Click here to find out more about soil conservation.

What is soil?




the upper layer of earth in which plants grow, a black or dark brown material typically consisting of a mixture of organic remains, clay, and rock particles.

What does soil look like?

You might have seen soil before. It is a brown silty material. If you haven't seen soil before, I would definitely recommend you do.

Where can soil be found?

Soil can be found on the ground.

Soil fun facts

  • Plants can grow in soil. Plants such as grass (pictured above).

  • Soil is often refered to as "dirt".

  • Soil can be found almost anywhere in Wisconsin.

  • The average human can eat around 6 square feet of soil before they die.

  • There are 70,000 different types of soil in the US.

  • 1 Tablespoon of soil has more organisms in it than there are people on earth.

  • 5,000 Different types of bacteria in one gram of soil.

  • .01 Percent of the earth's water held in soil.

  • Soils store more carbon than the atmosphere, and all of the world's plants and forests combined.

  • Soil didn't appear until 450 million years ago.

  • Soil is made up mainly of mineral particles, organic materials, air, water and living organisms.