After my last blog post when I tried to find facts about soils in other countries than the United States I have realized something. America are the country that has most knowledge about soil in the world. One of the best examples that prove this is probably how they have developed a soil map of the whole United States, letting us know what exact type of soil is in an exact place that people can look up in the web soil survey. If I lived here I would look up the soil that surrounded the house I grew up in, it might not be super exciting, but it can make you realize things about the environment in that place and one could look up the soil and see how the biome matched and other terms that can be fun to look up information about.
It was very interesting to hear in class how knowledge about soil could help the growing of crop-land in Africa and South America. This could be a possible solution to the food-crisis in those continents! If people teach them how to crop the land in the best way they could in the future help themselves making them full instead of staying hungry.
I think that the United States is a pretty special country sometimes. Who would think that every state in the country has a “state soil” identified with that particular state? I wonder how many Americans that actually knows that each state have a state soil.. Do you have to learn that in school or is it something most people didn’t even know existed?? State animals and flowers are more “normal” but a state soil seem kind of silly. When being in a soil class or being a soil scientist though, it is quite cool that we in North Carolina have our own soil: Cecil Sandy Loam. Twenty of the fifty states have been legislatively established. Areas with similar soils are set as a soil series because they have similar chemical and physical properties.
Cecil is the soil that exists the most in North Carolina, it takes up almost 1,700,000 acres of the state. The soils are on nearly level to steep Piedmont uplands, slope gradients are 0 to 25 percent, most commonly between 2 and 15 percent. These soils have developed in weathered felsic igneous and high-grade metamorphic rocks. Average annual precipitation is about 48 inches. Mean annual soil temperature is about 59 degrees F.