All About Soil
Soil is amazing and full of life. Learn more here.
Why Soil is One of the Most Amazing Things on Earth – an inspiring video, all about soil
A Chaos of Delight – a fascinating website all about the tiny creatures that live in the soil – packed with exquisite photos and surprising information.
Life in the soil was thought to be silent. What if it isn’t? – a fascinating article about the sounds that come from under the soil
Nutrient Cycling – gives information about how plants get the nutrition they need to thrive (includes promotional material)
Structure and Types of Soil – a fun video introducing soil – for little ones
The Importance of Soil | Essentials of Environmental Science – covering how soil evolves, its different properties, how it degrades and its role in climate change
Soils: Our ally against climate change – explaining the relationship between soil health and carbon sequestration
Brian Cox Short Films – Soil – a scientist explains the importance of “goo” in soil
Is Soil Alive? – contemplates why it’s helpful to think of soil as being alive (includes promotional material).
Soil Organic Carbon – the treasure beneath our feet – explaining the relationship between soil health and carbon sequestration
Soil Diversity 101 – highlights the importance of soil biodiversity and how it is being lost.
Understanding Our Soil: The Nitrogen Cycle, Fixers, and Fertilizer – a snappy video explaining the nitrogen cycle and how the practices we use to put nitrogen in the soil impact soil health
Put carbon where it belongs… back in the soil – covering how farming can be a solution to climate change
Mission: Keep Soil Alive – an animation showing how the choices we make in farming affect the health of the soil.
The Soil Solution to Climate Change Film – an informative film about how soil can be a solution to climate change.
Why Soil Matters – an educational video covering many aspects of soil health (includes promotional material).
How Soil is Created: The Succession of Life in the Evolution of Soil – a fascinating video about how soil is formed.
What is Soil (and Why is it Important)?: Crash Course Geography – a detailed crash course covering the science of soil.
Stages of Primary Succession – exploring the stages of soil formation starting with volcanic rock.
Kiss the Ground – an engaging documentary covering the issues facing soil and some of their solutions. There is a special 45 minute version for schools.
Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas – an informative 180 page book that goes into great detail about the biodiversity of soil.
Soil Biology (Microfauna) – Terry Tollefson – an opportunity to view many of the tiny animals that live in soil, like nematodes, mites and tardigrades.
Did you know?
The amount of bacteria in one hectare of soil weighs the same as two cows.
25% of our planet’s diversity lives in soil. There are estimated to be:
30,000 species of earthworm – only 7,000 known to science so far.
between 1.5 million and 5.1 million species of fungi – only 97,000 known to science so far.
25,000 species of ant – only 14,000 known to science so far.
It’s estimated that about 80% of the world’s multicellular animals are nematodes.
An Earthworm Quiz to discus the importance of earthworms for healthy soil in a fun, interactive session.
A Soil Water Retention and Erosion Experiment to see which kinds of soil store water best.
A Save Soil Exhibition Flyer to invite others to join.
A How to Participate Flyer to explain to schools how to take part.
A Save Soil Exhibition Flyer for Children to invite young children and their parents to join.