Painting With Soil

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Students stufying soil at an NRCS educational event in Missouri

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Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)


Soils are one of our most important natural resources -- just think of where all the food you eat comes from. They also are important for the beauty the many soil colors add to our landscapes. Most of us overlook this natural beauty because we see it every day. Often these colors blend with vegetation, sky, water, etc. Soilcolors serve as pigments in bricks, pottery, and artwork. The color and texture of soil painting is fascinating and a creative opportunity for all ages of students. In this activity, the objective is to have fun and gain a deeper appreciation of soils -- one of our most important natural resources. The estimated time is about 1 or 2 hours.

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