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Soil

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Describes the composition of different types of soil, the variety of plants and animals that live in it, and the necessity of soil to human life.

Briefly describes the composition of different types of soil, the variety of plants and animals that live in it, and the necessity of soil to human life.

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Overview

Describes the composition of different types of soil, the variety of plants and animals that live in it, and the necessity of soil to human life.

Briefly describes the composition of different types of soil, the variety of plants and animals that live in it, and the necessity of soil to human life.

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A presumably "dry" subject is well-explained in this informative look at the importance of soil. Needed for our very existence, soil consists of bits of rock, leaves, twigs and all things that were once living. Many animals eat the grasses and plants that grow in soil, and humans, in turn, eat the plants and animals. Soil covers almost all of the land on earth and topsoil can take hundreds of years to form. It is important that we as humans protect soil and prevent it from becoming polluted and contaminated. Other topics such as types of soil are also discussed. A simple experiment is suggested at the end of the book, and a glossary, index and list of sources for additional information are provided. Part of the "Simply Science" series. 2001, Compass Point, $19.93. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Denise Daley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756510190
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Series: Simply Science Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,380,025
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Flanagan has written more than 100 titles for children and teachers. Her books include holidays, phonics for beginning readers, career guidance, biographies of U.S. presidents and first ladies, and informational books about famous people and events in American history. Ms. Flanagan lives with her husband in Chicago, Illinois. As a writer/photographer team, they have published several books together. Their travels have taken them to many beautiful places and brought them many lifelong friends.
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Table of Contents

Looking at Soil 5
Weathering Rock 6
What Is Soil Made Of? 9
Plants and Animals 11
Topsoil 17
Forest Soils 21
Grassland Soils 22
Desert Soil 25
Caring for the Land 26
Learn for Yourself 29
Glossary 30
Did You Know? 30
Want to Know More? 31
Index 32
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