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Rock, Soil, Ground
Land, Topography, Geology, Physical Geography, etc.

geology of Southwest Michigan

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The ground connects to everything. For a few examples ... Water relates to the ground. Water affects the ground, and vise versa. Water grinds up, moves, and deposits rock and sand. Rivers and creeks shape the land. Water erodes rock and soil. Water gives soil its moistness. The soil absorbs water at varying rates. Sandy soil absorbs water quickly and clay soil absorbs the water slowly. The air relates to the ground. Wind affects the ground, and vise versa. Wind blows sand to make dunes. And the foredune protects the backdune from the windy weather at the beach. Land affects weather; and vise versa. In the winter, as cold arctic air crosses the lake, the air accumulates warmth and moisture and storm clouds form; following, as the air hits the land, the air is pushed up, especially by the dunes, and "lake effect snow" falls on the land. The ground relates to terrestrial habitats. The steep topography of the dune is suitable for the dune ecosystem. Whereas the flat topography of the wetlands is suitable for the wetland ecosystem. Plants relate to the ground. Plants stabilize sand dunes and stabilize woodland soils to diminish erosion. The soil supplies nutrients for plants. Animals relate to the ground. Many animals, such as groundhogs and snakes, sleep in burrows in the ground. Earthworms help aerate the soil. The ground relates to people. People live on the land. Fertile soil provides people with nutritious food. Thus, the land relates to people's health, economy, and quality of life. People have classes about the land and the land’s habitats. People make art about the land and gather materials from the land to make art. People have various values about the land. People want to be free to enjoy the land. Land relates to people's education, freedom, art, and values. If a land has fertile soil and thriving habitats, people's health, economy, education, freedom, art, and values have the best change of flourishing. Whereas if the land's habitats are destroyed and poisoned and the soil becomes infertile, people's health economy, education, freedom, art, and values will probably suffer. The land affects people, and vise versa. People have drastically altered the land during the past century. For instance, people have made the ground more flat to build many highways. Everything is connected to everything; thus, the land relates to all social elements (health, economy, school, government, art, values, etc.), culture, and all natural elements (habitats, plants, animals, water, ground, air, etc.).

Learn about sustaining nature, click on links below.

Southwest Michigan's Sustainable Pursuits
Various examples of how people of Southwest Michigan are currently taking action to sustain nature.

Additional Sustainable Pursuits
Various examples of how people of Michigan, USA, and beyond are currently taking action to sustain nature.

Nature Quotes

Great Life, Great Culture
Examples of a sustainable life and sustainable culture. Describes what it takes to be 100% totally sustainable.

Imagine a School
A sustainable school. A school in which children learn about their connections to social elements and natural elements; and children learn how to be a benefit to society and nature and to enrich and sustain society and nature.
40 ways a school can be a benefit to children, society, and nature.

Learn more about the Land, click the link below.

Photos of Rock, Soil, Ground of Southwest Michigan
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