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Inorganic soil materials

Inorganic soil materials

Soils usually contain inorganic material of three sizes: sand, which ranges in diameter from 0.2 to 2 millimetres; silt, between 0.02 and 0.002 millimetres in diameter; and clay, which is less than 0.002 millimetres. Most soils have some of each. Soils with a large proportion of each component are called loams.

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Allan Hewitt, 'Soils - Soil features', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/diagram/12279/inorganic-soil-materials (accessed 26 October 2021)

Story by Allan Hewitt, published 24 Sep 2007