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the top layer of the earths surface, consisting of rock and mineral particles mixed with organic matter
of, relating to, or derived from living organisms
Involving neither living organisms or products of living organisms
dampness, especially of the air
The state of the atmosphere at a given time and place, with respect to variables such as temperature, moisture, wind velocity, and barometric pressure.
The degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment.
an individual form of life
Nonliving, finely divided organic matter in soil, derived from microbial decomposition of plant and animal substances
The act or result of disintegration
To separate into components or basic elements. To become broken down into components; disintegrate. To cause to rot. To decay
The plants of an area or a region; plant life
source of nourishment
The act or process of taking something in
A mixture of decaying organic matter, as from leaves and manure, used to improve soil structure and provide nutrients.
is the product or process of composting utilizing various species of worms, specifically red wigglers, white worms, and earthworms
Group of microscopic, single-celled organisms that inhabit virtually all environments, including soil, water, organic matter, and the bodies of multicellular animals.
A minute life form
An organism that thrives at high temperatures
The upper part of the soil
Any of the chemical or mechanical processes by which rocks exposed to the weather undergo changes in character and break down.
A very small piece or part; a tiny portion or speck.
To wear (something) away by or as if by abrasion: Waves eroded the shore.
Loosening and breaking up (tilling) of the soil.
Relatively hard, naturally formed mineral or petrified matter; stone
A fine-grained, firm earthy material that is plastic when wet and hardens when heated
A sedimentary material consisting of very fine particles intermediate in size between sand and clay.
Material that settles to the bottom of a liquid; lees. Solid fragments of inorganic or organic material that come from the weathering of rock and are carried and deposited by wind, water, or ice.
Small loose grains of worn or disintegrated rock.
An unconsolidated mixture of rock fragments or pebbles.
usually balls of hard flint or hard burned white porcelain.
a rich soil consisting of a mixture of sand and clay and decaying organic materials
the slow passage of a liquid through a filtering medium; "the percolation of rainwater through the soil"
the most common type of composting worm
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