How Does Soil Form?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 7, 2020 6:37:36 AM ET
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Soil forms from a parent material deposited at the surface of the Earth, such as weathered bedrock or small materials carried by blowing winds, moving glaciers and flooding rivers. The parent material transforms or changes into soil over time. The major factors that affect soil formation are parent material, climate, landscape, living organisms and time.