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Soil Formation

Soil formation is the facilitation of soil formation processes. Soil formation processes include the chemical weathering of rocks and the transportation and accumulation of inorganic and organic matter.


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How does soil formation contribute to ecosystem service provision?

The weathering and exfoliation of rock creates inorganic particulates which mix with dead plant and animal matter to form soil.

 

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Table 1 below presents the relative magnitude soil formation contributes to different ecosystem services (relative to other ecosystem functions) in SEQ.

 

 

What is the temporal and geographic scale soil formation operates at and services are delivered?

 

 

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The map to the right shows areas where the function soil formation is expected to occur across SEQ. Data sets supporting the map can be found in the Quick Index. By clicking on the link below the map it will provide a more detailed view.

 

How do we know if we are degrading, maintaining or improving soil formation in SEQ?

 

Mangrove plants trap sediment transported by flood waters accumulating soil and forming more solid ground for other plants to colonise.

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How do we manage this ecosystem function in SEQ?

 

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