World Soil Day is 5 December

Why is soil important?

Without soil there would not be many ecosystems on land.

  • Soil provides a home and food for plants.
  • Soil is the base of terrestrial (land-based) food chains.
  • Soil is home for many species of animals and microorganisms, too.
  • Soil helps store and purify water. 
  • Soil stores carbon.
  • Soil is the medium in which many important chemical reactions take place that help with recycling of nutrients essential for life.

Earth would be a much more boring place without soil.

Image: Rhett A. Butler

Thank you, soil!


Learn more about World Soil Day – access resources about soils and learn how to maintain soil health


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