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Digging into Florida

Going beneath the skin of Florida’s beach sand

Oct. 17, 2016 –  Florida may be famous for its beaches, but its soil is much more complex. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) October 15th Soils Matter blog post explains there’s more to this state than white sand.

Limestone outcroppingFlorida has a variety of soils that support its 47,600 farms and 300 agriculture products. “While Florida is often thought of as white sand and water, it is a state whose soils vary significantly across its 37.5 million acres,” says blog author Nick Comerford of the University of Florida.

“We also have soils with high water tables, and other soils that are made not of sand, silt and clay, but of organic matter. Parts of the Everglades are a good example,” Comerford says.

In Dade County, in the southeast of Florida, limestone is sometimes just a few inches below the surface. Rock outcrops of limestone populate the scenery. This creates a challenge for tree-planting and other uses. Soil surveys provide vital information to determine if land is suitable for building, agriculture, or other uses.

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The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive, international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. It provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.

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