Tag Archives: soil

Healthy soils and vegetation = cleaner water

Here’s a nice article describing how soil, especially healthy soil (that has a good balance of living material in it – like plants and microbes), helps retain water, prevent sediment run-off, and trap other potential pollutants. It focuses on some … Continue reading

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It’s a glue AND a sink!

But this is not an infomercial. This week’s topic is, again, dirt, with a little focus on one particularly important component: a soil protein called glomalin, which exists thanks to the relationships between plants and fungi. From Terra Cognita: Carbon … Continue reading

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Soil, bacteria, digestion

I’ve written a bit about soil before – and I expect will be doing more in the future, both because it is a critical part of ecosystems and because this year was declared by the UN the “International Year of … Continue reading

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Ecologically-friendlier ranching

Something positive this week. Here is an article about ranchers turning towards managing their cattle in ways that more closely mimic how wild herbivores would move across landscape, with benefits to the plant communities – which leads to economic benefits … Continue reading

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Our soft and squishy foundation

Today I was going to write a nice tidy post about soil. Because soil is so tidy, right? But soil ecology, it’s important! It is quite literally the foundation of ecosystems; I trust I don’t have to explain why. And … Continue reading

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