5 Uses of Soil

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Soil covers the surface of the Earth and is a valuable ecosystem. Soil is made up of minerals, nutrients, water, air, organic matter and microorganisms. Because of its makeup, soil has a variety of uses in a variety of industries.


Soil has vital nutrients for plants. As a result, it is used in agriculture to nourish plants. The roots of a plant receive nutrients from the soil to help it grow. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services notes that 13 essential plant nutrients come from the soil.


Soil is an important part of the building process. Soil compaction, which increases the density of the soil, is done as part of the building process. The purpose of the compaction is to improve the load support. If not done, structural failure can result. Soil can also be used as building materials such as adobe and red bricks.


Clay soil is used in making ceramics, or pottery. When water is added to clay soil, it can be used to create the ceramics. Once formed, you can leave it to dry and it will retain its shape. Any type of ceramic can be created with the clay soil, such as a vase, bowl, cup or sculpture.


Soil is commonly used in antibiotics. Microbes created in the soil are harmful to bacteria, which is why soil is used in medicine. Medicines created by soil include skin ointments, tuberculosis drugs and anti-tumor drugs.

Beauty Products

Some beauty products are made with soil. Commonly used beauty products where used soil is used in the production include blush and foundation. Soil rich in clay can also be used in facial masks and toothpastes.


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