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Plants Help Create New Soil

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Geologist Andy Kurtz of Boston University describes how lichens and plants speed the process of soil accumulation, creating a chain reaction, which, under the right conditions, can lead to even more rapid accumulation of new soil. Featured Scientists: Oliver Chadwick, Ph.D., Andy Kurtz, Ph.D., and Elissa Levine, Ph.D.


NSES Standard

Grades 5-8 Standard D. Living organisms have played many roles in the Earth system, including the composition of the atmosphere, producing some kinds of rocks, and contributing to the weathering of rocks.

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