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There's a lot more to good soil than dirt

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Soil is the many-layered material that carries nutrients that bring life to plants, insects, animals and ultimately to humans.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer, 2009

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"Why is soil texture important?" asked Katherine Crawford's fifth-graders at West Oak Middle School in Mundelein. Here's the dirt on soil. You might think soil is the dirt you track onto the carpet, but it's not. That's dirt. Soil is the many-layered material that carries nutrients that bring life to plants, insects, animals and ultimately to humans.
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