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Chapter 13 – Composition and Properties of Soil

Meaning and Types of Soil

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Soil is the loose weathered material covering the earth surface which supports the growth of plants and sustains human and animal life.

Soil consists of mineral materials e.g. sand, clay, silt and gravel, organic materials which are made of plants and animals, H2O (water), air and microbes.

Types of Soil

There are three types of soil formed as a result of the breakdown of rocks that is weathering. They are as follows:

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