Forces of Change

Underneath It All

Soils are the foundations on which we build our houses, our factories, our shopping centers, our stadiums, our skyscrapers - all of the structures of our daily lives.

Some impervious clay soils serve as building materials to line landfills, seal ponds and dams, or insulate buried pipelines.


Every day we make choices that
affect soils.

If we build a shopping center, can we grow food there again in our lifetime or the future? If we overfertilize our lawns and golf courses, will we jeopardize fish and shellfish downstream? If we clear land for housing developments, will we lessen the soil’s capacity to cleanse groundwater?

Underneath It All
Click here to dig deep and examine the effects our choices have on soils.
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