Soil Language v1: Manual Translation

Soil Language v1: Manual Translation

The soil language is a diagrammatic way to synthesize the physical, biological, and chemical properties of a particular soil into a single drawing. The intention of the language is to be able to represent soil in a consistent way, which allows for comparison between sites with very different soil conditions.

Soil Language: physical, biological and chemical composition. © Chair of Being Alive, 2021.

The diagram uses a shape of a triangle as its base, referencing a classic triangular diagram used by scientists to evaluate soil texture. The size of the triangles represents different types of particles, and in combination they show particular mixtures that describe the texture of the soil. The offsets of the triangle encode information about the soil's organic matter, Ph, cation exchange capacity, and capacity for water saturation and permeability.

By rigorously drawing the soil, we are emphasizing that living soil is more than mere dirt; it is a biological entity with its own structure and integrity that is particular to a specific geologic and climatic situation.