1. soil can be used as a sink because..
- it is able to conver the soil into inert carbon which is easily and quickly put back into the atmosphere
- it allows slow decomposition of soil carbon if it is not disturbed, this is through fauna respiring it and converting the rest into modified soil carbon - keeping the carbon from the atmosphere for a longer time. some carbon can be further decomopsed
- it is ploughed so can move the carbon through the soil
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2. how does soil get its nutrients
- from water
- from parent rock, the atmosphere and decomposers
- from animals
3. which farming practices do not help with the potential for a soil to act as a carbon sink
- driving heavy machinery on the soil
- Tilling and Ploughing
- using pesticides and fertilizing the soil
- allowing grazing on the soil
- acidifies water
- filters and purifies water
- recycles water
- dirties soil
5. which of these is not a reason soil is important...
- it directly feeds many organisms
- its provides a good engineering medium for roads and buildings, etc.
- it regulates water flow
- it stores water for plants to use