Soil Part 3

Practice to memorize notes for Soil Notes Part 3 for environmental science!
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Last updated: June 1, 2022
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Creation of Soil
500 years to make 1 inch of topsoil can be easily lost to erosion -> qualifies as nonrenewable, agriculture needs around 6 in of topsoil, in the past 40 years, lost 1/3 of crop land bc of soil degredation
Lost Topsoil
ends up water ways, increase in water pollution, increase in turbidity, less light gets in, less photosynthesis for plants
Soil Ecosystem
bacteria fix nitrogen, fungi on tree roots help w/ absorption, decomposer break down leaf litter, organisms mix soil, animals burrow -> aeration, animal feces fertilize soil
General ways we modify soil
fertilizer, liming -> add base to neutralize acid, deforestation -> increase in erosion and compaction, more water runoff
Ways we negatively affect fertility
deforestation, overgrazing, urbanization, irrigation, monoculture
Causes of soil degradation
overgrazing, deforestation, agriculture, fuelwood gathering (using trees to make charcoal)
Soil Conservation Methods
contour plowing, cover crops, no-till, strip-cropping, terracing, shelterbelt/windbreak
Other Soil conservation measures
soil conditioning, planting leguminous plants, crop rotation, forestation/ reforestation
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