What happens to soil in winter? Does everything die?

Soil is essential to life. One reason is that soil protects plant roots, animals, and microbes from freezing in the winter. As air temperatures drop below 320F (00C), water within the top layers of the soil will eventually freeze. This is commonly known as the frost layer. So, while you think that once the ground … Continue reading What happens to soil in winter? Does everything die?

What is desertification and what can be done to prevent it?

When productive land quickly loses topsoil and plant life, scientists call this desertification. It can happen in arid (dry) and semi-arid regions of the world. One-third of Earth’s land area in more than 100 countries (including the United States) is at risk of desertification. Desertification is a natural process that is associated with global climate … Continue reading What is desertification and what can be done to prevent it?

How does soil differ across Earth’s biomes? Part 2

To see Part 1 of this answer, visit http://wp.me/p3Rg6r-8p Ecologists group large geographic regions with similar environments and distinctive plant and animal communities into biomes. The environmental factors influencing biomes include latitude, the general climate and topography of the region, and soil. Soil is the foundation of every terrestrial ecosystem. Each biome has soils with … Continue reading How does soil differ across Earth’s biomes? Part 2

How does soil differ across Earth’s biomes? Part 1

Ecologists group large geographic regions with similar environments and distinctive plant and animal communities into biomes. The environmental factors influencing biomes include latitude, the general climate and topography of the region, and soil. Soil is the foundation of every terrestrial ecosystem. Each biome has soils with characteristics unique to it. Forests Forests occupy nearly a … Continue reading How does soil differ across Earth’s biomes? Part 1

Why does it matter if I stay on the trail while hiking in the woods and parks?

Question: Why does it matter if I stay on the trail while hiking in the woods and parks? Answer: People love to be outdoors, and soil is an important contributor to a good outing, whether you are hiking, mountain biking, painting, or just enjoying nature. But humans can have significant impacts on the soil. When … Continue reading Why does it matter if I stay on the trail while hiking in the woods and parks?

What’s the connection between sports and soil?

Question: What’s the connection between sports and soil? Answer: Most of us don’t think much more about soil in connection to sports, other than that we need to wash “dirt” from our clothes. But soil is critically important to a variety of sports – it provides for safe, exciting fun! It’s not just individual sports … Continue reading What’s the connection between sports and soil?

What type of soil is good for a foundation for buildings or houses?

Question: What type of soil is good for a foundation for buildings or houses? Answer: In both cities and the countryside, selection of sites with the best soil is an important engineering decision in the building process. Whether you live in a house, condo, or apartment, your home is connected to the soil. Your school, … Continue reading What type of soil is good for a foundation for buildings or houses?