WATCH: Do you know the three types of soil found in the Maltese Islands?
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Two Junior College students, Marie Therese Pavia and Aidan Gauci, have worked on an audio-visual production as part of the Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) campaign, with the aim of raising awareness about the soil in the Maltese Islands.
Soil is a natural resource, takes long years to form, and is unfortunately threatened. The process of soil formation goes back to the very existence of rocks.
The students explain the three types of soil found in the Maltese Islands: Reddish (hamri) in the North and Southwest, whitish (bajjad) close to cliffs and in the Northeast of Gozo, and Xerorendzina in the centre of Malta and close to Gozo’s West coast.
Human intervention is resulting in these three types getting mixed, and their characteristics are being lost, and this besides the loss of soil which is carried away by waters or wind, among other factors.
In their production, the students speak about what they discovered from investigations among the public about the soil and impart information about what can be done so that the soil – a 30 cm. layer of which takes between 1,000 and 10,000 years to form, will not be lost.