Story: Soils

The land’s thin skin

The land’s thin skin

A soil may be a few centimetres or several metres deep. Underlying it will be solid or fractured rock, or gravel. Even the deepest soils are only a relatively thin layer over the land’s surface. Most plants get their nourishment from the soil layer, close to the surface.

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Allan Hewitt, 'Soils - The land’s thin skin', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/12260/the-lands-thin-skin (accessed 17 July 2019)

Story by Allan Hewitt, published 24 Sep 2007