Our Amazing Soil

There is a lot going on in the great outdoors and even those of us who are interested in it often overlook things. Take looking down for instance. When was the last time you actually looked down at your feet while on a hike or walk outside? Unless you were watching out for tripping hazards, my guess is it’s been awhile.

And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There are a LOT of interesting things to see, hear, and explore while outside. However, the next time you go out, take a couple of moments to think about the soil under your feet. There’s a ton going on down there that we are never even aware of. Soil is one of the most complex habitats out there and provides the foundation (literally) for all life. Soil acts as a water filter, a growing medium for plants, provides homes for billions of organisms, and supplies most of the antibiotics we use to fight diseases.

So since 2015 is the International Year of Soils, let’s give a round of applause for one of the most overlooked aspects of nature – the one you’re walking on. 🙂

Below is an infographic produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. There is a link to the pdf beneath it if you would like to download a copy.

soils and biodiversity infographic

Download soils and biodiversity infographic


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