Is Soil Alive?

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Soil doesn't seem like it's "alive", yet it functions like a living thing in lots of key ways.

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Soil health: the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living system, within ecosystem and land-use boundaries, to sustain biological productivity, promote the quality of air and water environments, and maintain plant, animal, and human health
Living system: an open self-organizing life form that interacts with its environment
Ecosystem services: varied benefits to humans provided by the natural environment and from healthy ecosystems

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Harshberger, JW. (1911) The Soil, A Living Thing. Reprinted from Science, N.S. vol. 33 No. 854. 469.1 science.org/doi/10.1126/scienc...
Minami K. (2021) “Soil is a living substance”. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 67: 26-30. tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.10...
Rattal Lal, personal communication (11/19/21)
Asmeret Berhe, personal communication (12/2/21)
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