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soil

surface layers of sand. clay. silt. and organic material on the surface of the earth that support plants.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
soil (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to stain or defile morally - corrupt
2.
to make unclean especially superficially - dirty
3.
intransitive verb
to blacken or taint (as a person's reputation) by word or deed to become or dirty - soiled
soil (noun)
1.
a) - soilage stain protect a dress from soil
b) moral defilement - corruption
2.
something that spoils or pollutes as
a) - refuse
b) - sewage
c) - dung excrement
soil (noun)
1.
firm land - earth
2.
a) the upper layer of earth that may be dug or plowed and in which plants grow
b) the superficial unconsolidated and usually weathered part of the mantle of a planet and especially of the earth
3.
- country land our native soil
4.
the agricultural life or calling
5.
a medium in which something takes hold and develops
soil (verb)
transitive verb
to feed (livestock) in the barn or an enclosure with fresh grass or green food , also to purge (livestock) by feeding on green food
soil
soil (Wikipedia)
For other uses, see Soil (disambiguation).
This is a diagram and related photograph of soil layers from bedrock to soil.
A, B, and C represent the soil profile, a notation firstly coined by Vasily Dokuchaev, the father of pedology; A is the topsoil; B is a regolith; C is a saprolite, a less-weathered regolith; the bottom-most layer represents the bedrock.
Surface-water-gley developed in glacial till, northern Ireland.

Soil is a mixture of minerals, organic matter, gases, liquids, and countless organisms that together support life on Earth. Soil is a natural body called the pedosphere which has four important functions: it is a medium for plant growth; it is a means of water storage, supply and purification; it is a modifier of Earth's atmosphere; it is a habitat for organisms; all of which, in turn, modify the soil.

Soil is called the Skin of the Earth and interfaces with the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, and the biosphere. The term pedolith, used commonly to refer to the soil, literally translates ground stone. Soil consists of a solid phase of minerals (the soil matrix) and organic matter, as well as a porous phase that holds gases (the soil atmosphere) and water (the soil solution). Accordingly, soils are often treated as a three-state system of solids, liquids, and gases.

Soil is a product of the influence of climate, relief (elevation, orientation, and slope of terrain), organisms, and its parent materials (original minerals) interacting over time. Soil continually undergoes development by way of numerous physical, chemical and biological processes, which include weathering with associated erosion. Given its complexity and strong internal connectedness soil has been considered as an ecosystem by soil ecologists.

Most soils have a dry bulk density (density of soil taking into account voids when dry) between 1.1 and 1.6 g/cm3, while the soil particle density is much higher, in the range of 2.6 to 2.7 g/cm3. Little of the soil of planet Earth is older than the Pleistocene and none is older than the Cenozoic, although fossilized soils are preserved from as far back as the Archean.

Soil science has two basic branches of study: edaphology and pedology. Edaphology is concerned with the influence of soils on living things. Pedology is focused on the formation, description (morphology), and classification of soils in their natural environment. In engineering terms, soil is referred to as regolith, or loose rock material that lies above the solid geology. Soil is commonly referred to as earth or dirt; technically, the term dirt should be restricted to displaced soil.

As soil resources serve as a basis for food security, the international community advocates its sustainable and responsible use through different types of soil governance.

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