Types of Soil and Their Characteristics
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Types of Soil and Their Characteristics

Explore the different types of soil such as clayey soil and sandy soil, and learn about their unique characteristics like texture, water holding capacity, and uses. Understand how the arrangement and size of soil particles affect its properties.

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Which type of soil has a high percentage of clay particles and little sand?

Clayey soil

What is a characteristic of sandy soil that makes it less fertile?

Low nutrient content

Which soil type contains nearly equal amounts of clay and sand, along with rich humus?

Loamy soil

In which type of soil would you find cactus plants growing?

<p>Sandy soil</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which type of soil is granular, floury when dry, and slippery when wet?

<p>Silty soil</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which type of soil is best suited for the growth of plants like cotton due to its nutrient content?

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Study Notes

Soil Types and Characteristics

  • Soil types vary, with distinct textures based on particle arrangement and size.

Clayey Soil

  • High percentage of clay particles, with little sand and some humus.
  • Good water holding capacity.
  • Sticky texture.
  • Becomes heavy when wet and hardens when dry.
  • Used to make pottery, lamps, etc.

Sandy Soil

  • Mainly composed of sand with some clay.
  • Large particles with significant air presence.
  • Poor water holding capacity.
  • Not rich in nutrients, making it less fertile.
  • Suitable for cactus growth.

Loamy Soil

  • Contains nearly equal amounts of clay and sand, with high humus content.
  • Small particles with good water holding capacity and optimal air presence.
  • Rich in nutrients, making it suitable for plant growth, such as cotton.

Silty Soil

  • Holds water, but is not sticky.
  • Granular texture, feeling floury when dry and slippery when wet.
  • Found in river beds.
  • Suitable for growing corn.

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