Interesting Facts about the soil
- Soil influences many areas of our lives. It is an integral part of our ecosystem. The composition of the soil in an area has a direct effect on the plant and animal life there.
- It takes more than 500 years to form 2 centimeters of topsoil.
- Ten tonnes of topsoil spread evenly over one hectare of land comes out to be as thick as one Euro coin.
- A fully functional soil holds 3750 tonnes of water per hectare, thus reducing the risk of floods. It holds pollutants to a certain extent. Soil stores around 10% of the emissions of carbon dioxide.
- Just one gram of soil contains 5000 to 7000 different species of bacteria. A spoonful of soil can hold a substantial amount of living beings.
- Scientists have found 10,000 types of soil in Europe and about 70,000 types of soil in the United States.
- 75% of the earth’s crust is composed of silica and oxygen.
- Soil is a non-renewable natural resource. This should make us think of how much we value this resource. Damage to the soil can disturb nature’s balance and prove a threat to life.