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Chapter 9

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A horizon
topsoil horizon that is generally gray to black, contains the remains of living things (humus)
B horizon
subsoil horizon that is generally red or brown
bedrock
solid unweathered rock lying beneath surface deposits of soil
C horizon
beneath the B-horizon and above the bedrock
clay
a natural, earthly material that retains its shape and hardens when fired
crop rotation
the system of growing a different crop in a field each year to preserve the fertility of the land
desertification
The transformation of arable land into desert either naturally or through human intervention
Dust Bowl
term used for the central and southern great plains during the 1930s when the region suffered from drought and dust storms
E horizon
a soil layer from which minerals are leached as water percolates through the soil
intercropping
Growing two or more different crops at the same time on a plot.
leaching
removal of dissolved materials from soil by water moving downwards
loam
a rich soil consisting of a mixture of sand and clay and decaying organic materials
monoculture
farming strategy in which large fields are planted with a single crop, year after year
Natural Resources
Raw materials supplied by nature
Conservation Service
A service that is helping to conserve the resources and farms
No Till Agriculture
This is where the land isn't plowed and herbicide is used to kill some weeds and some are left.
O horizon
Organic top layer, Surface plant and animal litter forms hummus.
parent material
material from which a soil is formed, determines composition and properties of the soil
R horizon
bedrock
salinization
Accumulation of salts in soil that can eventually make the soil unable to support plant growth.
sand
a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral
shelterbelt
a barrier of trees and shrubs that protect against the wind and reduces erosion
silt
mud or clay or small rocks deposited by a river or lake
soil profile
a vertical section of soil from the ground surface to the parent rock
terracing
carving small, flat plots of land from hillsides
weathering
The breaking down of rocks and other materials on the Earth's surface.