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dc.contributor.authorBuchan, Graeme D.en
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-15T23:18:50Z
dc.date.issued2012-01en
dc.identifier.issn0022-4561en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/4145
dc.description.abstractWater and soil are the "twin pillars" supporting life on the land. Buchan (1996) reviewed the many "talents" (wonder properties) of water. This paper reviews: a) the remarkable talents and natural functions of soil - a much more complex (indeed messy!) material; and b) our many uses of soil materials, in agriculture, industry, construction, the environment, and in sport and recreation. Soil is the sustainer of life – our provider and protector. It is the origin of our body minerals (including bones). It is a remarkable store-and-release mechanism for water and nutrients. It is Nature's "recycling yard": its teeming life forms close the cycle of life by converting dead plant and animal matter into nutrients for inheritor generations. Thus it is the "living mantle" on the landscape, feeding plants, crops and forests. Further, it makes planet Earth life-friendly by moderating climate; it is a rich source of raw materials; and it supports our sports and recreation. Soil is the second most complex system on the planet – after the human body. Nothing matches it for the huge diversity of its components, and for the point-to-point variability in its properties. Sadly, soil degradation is a major global problem. Improving respect for soil and water is critical for sustainable civilisation on planet Earth.en
dc.format.extent48a-54aen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherLincoln University. Department of Soil and Physical Sciences.en
dc.relationThe original publication is available from - Lincoln University. Department of Soil and Physical Sciences. - https://doi.org/10.2489/jswc.65.2.48a - http://hdl.handle.net/10182/4145en
dc.relation.urihttps://doi.org/10.2489/jswc.65.2.48aen
dc.subjectsoil functionen
dc.subjectlife-bearing materialen
dc.subjectsoil degradationen
dc.subjectsoil propertiesen
dc.subjectcycle of lifeen
dc.subjectAgronomy & Agricultureen
dc.titleOde to soilen
dc.typeJournal Article
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
lu.contributor.unitFaculty of Agriculture and Life Sciencesen
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Soil and Physical Sciencesen
dc.identifier.doi10.2489/jswc.65.2.48aen
dc.subject.anzsrc0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscienceen
dc.subject.anzsrc0503 Soil Sciencesen
dc.subject.anzsrc0703 Crop and Pasture Productionen
dc.relation.isPartOfJournal of Soil and Water Conservationen
pubs.issue2en
pubs.notesRevised version of a paper originally published in: Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 65(2):48-54 (2010).en
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pubs.organisational-group/LU/Agriculture and Life Sciences
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Agriculture and Life Sciences/SOILS
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
pubs.publisher-urlhttp://hdl.handle.net/10182/4145en
pubs.volume65en


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