Soil Science

Soils can be deep, shallow, new, old, bright orange, black, or even blue (And anywhere in-between)! What soil looks like depends on the location that it forms in. It can take over 500 years to form an inch of topsoil on the surface!

Like humans, soils have different properties based on where they are from, and where they “grew up” (formed). Soils have 6 major horizontal layers, or horizons that can be present. These horizons are often present in different types of soil, but each area usually has soils that have similar properties if they are near each other. Soil particles are moved by water, wind, ice, or formed in place from the rocks.

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