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Terms used in lieu of soil include terra, dirt, and, as applicable, land and ground.


  • Man has only a thin layer of soil between himself and starvation.
    • Bard of Cincinnati; reported as unverified in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989).
  • The soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all.
  • “We are able to breathe, drink, and eat in comfort because millions of organisms and hundreds of processes are operating to maintain a liveable environment, but we tend to take nature's services for granted because we don't pay money for most of them.”
  • “The fate of the soil system depends on society's willingness to intervene in the market place, and to forego some of the short-term benefits that accrue from 'mining' the soil so that soil quality and fertility can be maintained over the longer term.”
    • Eugene Odum (1993) Ecology and our endangered life-support systems. p.143

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