Soil, by definition, is a earthly compound comprised of biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) matter that is formed in several layers over millions of years. It is the very component of the Earth that plants need to root themselves and grow in in order to feed all animal life. There are many different types of soil across the globe for each continent and biome, and each type has its characteristics that depict what plants can grow where, when, and how. Questions and answers about soil can be asked and answered here.

19,666 Questions

Where can be desert soil found in India?

there is one desert named Thar Desert


What Soil Is Best For Growing coconut palms?

they like dry weather and not much rain like Florida they grow on beaches with sand

Salt (Sodium Chloride)

How can you identify mineral salts in the soil?

You could try taking a small sample and putting it in water and stirring, then sive it and leave for a while in an evaporating dish. then you will probably be left with salt chrystals However, this is just a guess.


What is the texture of loam soil?

This question is somewhat odd, in that loam is the name of a soil texture. This is similar to asking, "What color is red?" The texture of a loam soil is loam.

Soil texture describes the mixture of the fine mineral constituents of soil. By fine mineral constituents, we mean non-organic soil particles that are smaller than 2mm in diameter. These particle sizes are divided by size into three categories: sand, silt and clay. See the first link for the range in sizes of these particles.

Sand is gritty and water can move through it quickly. Silt feels like flour. Water moves through it more slowly than through sand. Clay can be molded, and may be sticky when it's wet. Water moves through clay most slowly of the particle sizes. In addition, clay tends to be more chemically active than the other particle sizes, and can enhance soil fertility as well as the ability of the soil to filter out certain substances from water.

Loam soil has a nice balance of sand, silt, and clay particles, the primary constituents of soil. Loam soils tend to let excess water drain freely, but still hold moisture for plants to draw on. Fruits, vegetables, and other plants thrive in loam soil.

Loam is considered the texture of soil that is most favorable to plant growth.


How many cubic feet of potting soil for a three gallon pot?

Three gallons are equal to 0.40104 cubic foot (rounded),

regardless of what you plan to fill them with.

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Where is black soil found in Tamilnadu?



How do forest help in conserving soil and preventing floods?

The roots of trees are playing a important role in conserving soil and preventing flood


Explain how soil forms?

Soil is formed by sands being blown across continents. This is then compacted by rain. This process repeats itself for millions of years then you have basic soil


What is alluvial soil Where is it found?

It can be seen on the banks of the river.They carry sediments settled at the bottom.

It can be seen in Himalayan river system,Rajasthan,Gujarat,Coastal plains of Mahanadi,Godavari ,Kaveri etc..

it is composed of slit & has addictive potash & phosphoric is suitable for cultivation


What are the factors affecting soil compaction?

  1. Moisture content of the soil
  2. The type of soil being compacted
  3. The amount of compactive energy used
  4. Dry density of Soil
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Waste and Recycling

How is the urine from worm farms useful?

it fertilizes the soil

Rocks and Minerals

Difference between loamy and sandy soil?

Loamy soil has a higher clay content, and usually is easier to maintain organic matter content.


What is the definition of sensitivity of soil?

Sensitivity of soil is basically a degree of disturbance achieve on remoulding, without change in water content. Undisturbed sample more strength then remould sample

Math and Arithmetic

How much dirt in a square yard?

You can measure the surface of the dirt in square yards. That would be nine square feet.

However the volume or amount of dirt cannot be measured in square yards or square feet. The amount of dirt in a volume of one cubic yard would be 27 cubic feet. ( 3x3x3=27 )

The amount of dirt in a square yard to a depth of 0.5 feet would be 4.5 cubic feet. (3x3x0.5=4.5)


Which crop is grown in alluvial soil?

Wheat and Rice.
cotton, jute etc.


The study of crop production and soil management?



Can vinegar be used to acidify soil?

According to this Bachman's site, you can add 2 TBSP vinegar per gallon of watering water. Their advice is for acid-requiring plants like blueberries.


What is the meaning of zonal soil order?

this is the top part of soil this is not wet hard and dry.

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Erosion and Weathering

Poor quality of crops when top soil is eroded?

There isn't too much you can do once top soil is lost but to replace it, but first address the erosion problem. Soil amendments may raise your crop quality some but nothing works better than good soil.


How do you separate water and fine soil particles?

You can filter the water or evaporate the water, and collect it.


What is a burnt soil?

Look on youtube or google


How was fertile soil formed in Hawaii?

From the volcanic ash


How can rain deplete soil from nutrients?

If you mean "how can rain deplete nutrients from soil" then there are a number of processes by which this can happen. As well as physically eroding soil, rainwater can "leach" nutrients from soil and move then downward in the soils profile or laterally in groundwater. The composition of the rainwater can affect this process. E.g. when acid rain falls on soils, cation exchange can occur and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium bonded to soil particles are released by the acid and "washed" out of the soil into deeper strata where they are no use to plants. Under natural circumstances a balance may be achieved and as plants decay they replace nutrients that are used by plants and leached. If an area of vegetation is suddenly cleared however, thus exposing it to increased rainfall and lack of organic matter input in the system, the nutrient levels may decrease over time as they are leached but not replaced.


Can seeds grow in dry soil or wet soil?

Even if a plant does well in relatively dry soil, seed needs a certain amount of water to sprout.

The soil doesn't have to be soaking wet (in fact that's bad for seed), but it has to have easily available moisture.


Why can't plants grown in sandy soil?

Plants can grow in sandy soil but there are a few factors that can make it more difficult. Sand particles are large and leave large pore spaces in between the sand grains. If the sand is too loose it will be very difficult for the plant roots to hold in place. That is why you rarely see vegetation on the extremely loose sands of the beach. Another reason sandy soil impedes plant growth is because of the rate of water infiltration and available water capacity. Basically what this means is that the pore spaces in between sand grains are so large that rainwater and other water runoff simply drains straight through the sand deep into the ground and is beyond the reach of the roots. As we all know, plants must have water to survive. A third reason that plants have a hard time growing in sandy soil is due to the reactivity of large sand grains. Plants get their nutrients from the soil and sand grains do not have the ability, for reasons I will not get into, to hold those nutrients in place.


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