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Interesting Facts about the soil

Facts About 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.


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