Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn December 5, 2002, the world first celebrated World Soil Day, recognizing the importance of soil to the natural environment and human development.Soil is vital to the agricultural industry. It regulates nutrients, water, and temperature needed for successful crop growth. Soil is also critical to securing healthy groundwater supplies and vital to sequestering carbon during periods of climate change.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry agricultural practice Noun
method used to harvest crops or care for livestock.
to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.
a soft mineral. Also called limestone and calcium carbonate.
type of sedimentary rock that is able to be shaped when wet.
climate change Noun
gradual changes in all the interconnected weather elements on our planet.
Encyclopedic Entry: climate change critical Adjective
Encyclopedic Entry: crop development Noun
construction or preparation of land for housing, industry, or agriculture.
conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.
act in which earth is worn away, often by water, wind, or ice.
Encyclopedic Entry: erosion garden Noun
area of ground where food, flowers, and other plants are cultivated.
water found in an aquifer.
Encyclopedic Entry: groundwater industry Noun
activity that produces goods and services.
watering land, usually for agriculture, by artificial means.
Encyclopedic Entry: irrigation nutrient Noun
substance an organism needs for energy, growth, and life.
Encyclopedic Entry: nutrient regulate Verb
to determine and administer a set of rules for an activity.
small, loose grains of disintegrated rocks.
to isolate or remove.
top layer of the Earth's surface where plants can grow.
degree of hotness or coldness measured by a thermometer with a numerical scale.
Encyclopedic Entry: temperature threaten Verb
to scare or be a source of danger.
the most valuable, upper layer of soil, where most nutrients are found.
necessary or very important.