In this activity, you will analyze different soil types to determine their composition and properties. Then you’ll apply that knowledge to choose the appropriate soil for specific plants. As you go about engineering soils, you’ll learn to use ratios and percentages to accurately describe the relative amount of each component in the soil mixture so that other scientists can replicate your results.
Our environment is struggling, and many places do not have land to support plant growth. Learn about a place where only 12% of the soil is arable—capable of supporting plant life. Over many years, drought, deforestation, and climate change have led to desertification and the loss of fertile land.