Test Your Soil Knowledge

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Use the articles from these pages to answer the following questions about soil, or alternatively you can download and print the questions Test your soil knowledge, Student

  1. Where can you find more carbon – stored in the soil or above the ground?
  2. How many components make up soil?
  3. Sand is the largest mineral in soil. What is the smallest?
  4. Name three sports that are played on soil surfaces?
  5. If a sand particle is compared to a netball in size, what can we compare a clay particle to?
  6. Does a blue colour indicate good soil drainage or poor soil drainage?
  7. True or false. Soil scientists use colour charts – similar to those found in paint/hardware stores.
  8. Soil supports what percentage of the Earth’s biodiversity?
  9. What are examples of three living things that influence soil formation?
  10. How many different types of soil are there in New Zealand?
  11. Every year on a global basis, we lose enough soil to erosion, compaction and pollution to cover which country?


Here is an answer sheet for those having difficulty finding the answers: Test Your Soil Knowledge – Answers

For the teachers, here is a sheet with the answers and the pages they are found on: Test your soil knowledge, Teachers