Soils form the skin of the Earth. Their thickness varies from a few millimetres â€“ there where the soil is very young or scraped-off by external forces (e.g. water, wind, human activity).
Functions of soil
Soil is our life support system. Soils provide anchorage for roots, hold water and nutrients. Soils are home to myriad micro-organisms that fix nitrogen and decompose organic matter, and armies of microscopic animals as well as earthworms and termites. We build on soil as well as with it and in it
Soils have a life cycle; they are born, mature and become of age. In cases, they may even "die" (disappear or get buried).
ISRIC is developing a centralized and user-focused database known as WoSIS (World Soil Information Service). This service will Here users will be able to easily extract "shared", validated and authorized data from the ISRIC data repository (see Data Policy) - soil profile data as well as area-class soil maps.
Sudan Soil Information System was created in 2016 with the focus of providing dynamic soil resource information to a wide range of needs.