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The Basics of Soils
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What we will cover What is soil? Soil forming factors Some basic properties How soils can be degraded
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Definitions medium for plant growth storage and filter medium for water renewable resource on the earth’s surface composed of mineral and  organic matter, water, and air many more complex definitions – soil is very complex
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Characteristics of Soil three phase system solids ~50% Inorganic ~45% Organic ~5% air ~25% water ~25%
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Properties of Soil Solids texture sand, silt, clay influences water related properties soil chemistry soil mineralogy organic matter content decomposed plant and animal materials soil chemistry, fertility, tilth microbial energy source
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Soil  Soil  Formation Formation
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Factors of soil formation parent material what the soil formed from residuum versus transported
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