What Are Soil Nutrients For Healthy Soil?

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Soil consists of billions of minute living organisms, bugs and rodents. (Weather video clip-soil, 2004) It is necessary that the mixture of these organisms, bugs and rodents work together to produce healthy soil. As plants, trees and carcass’ decompose, they produce phosphorus, which is required to have healthy vegetation in soil. Another key ingredient for healthy soil is nitrates produced by nitrogen in the air mixing with condensation of water leaking into soil, which also produces healthy soil. Too much of these chemicals, along with trace minerals, will pollute the soil. Humans rely on healthy, fertile soil to grow fruits and vegetables in as well as raise animals who eat from the products grown in healthy soil. When the organisms,…show more content…
Sustainability will be contingent on the soil being healthy and fertile for humans and animals. This information is only a small part of the issues associated with soil contamination. 5 Healthy Soil For billions of years, the earth has had one third of it covered in soil. This soil consists of bacterial organisms, fungi, algae and elements, then the soil is cultivated by billions of microorganisms, insects, worms and rodents. There are approximately 1 billion living microorganisms for each cubic meter of soil that keep the earth’s soil fertile. (Weather video clip-soil, 2004) “The soil is the surface layer of earth that results from the degradation of the basement rock. Microorganisms decompose organic matter, creating minerals that feed plants, whose roots are in the soil.” (Weather video clip-soil, 2004) Fertile soil consists of naturally occurring elements such as organic phosphorus and nitrates, which is absorbed by plants facilitating the proper growth and health of the plant. Most organic phosphorus forms when decaying plant or animal life is returned to the soil. Nitrates form when the nitrogen in the air condenses on the ground and mixes with organic matter to become nitrogen. The insects, worms and rodents provide holes in the soil, allowing air in, to provide oxygen in the composting material, in turn making fertile soil. The earthworm plays a large part as it burrows deep in the soil, making way oxygen and water necessary for plant life.
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