Soil is very 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.

Image: Rhett A. Butler


Earth would be a much more boring place without soil. Thank you, soil!

Parents/educators:

Learn more about World Soil Day and access resources on soils and how to maintain soil health:

https://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/en/

https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-soil-day

https://extension.psu.edu/managing-soil-health-concepts-and-practices

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