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What variables contribute to the properties of the soil in an area? Investigate the role of climate, weather, topography, time, parent material, vegetation, and biological and chemical agents on soil formation. How are soils characterized? There are 3 basic particle sizes which create three basic soil types: sand, silt, and clay. Investigate the properties of the three different types of soil by observing grain size, shape, hardness, color, chemical composition, pore space, aeration, moisture content and permeability. How can soil management affect soil quality? Characterize the different horizons in the soil in a deep pit or by using the auger method. For more information, see: Get Down and Dirty: How Does Soil Change with Depth?
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