Quiz: How much do you know about soil?

Soils are really important – in fact, 2015 is the International Year of Soils – but how much do you know about the world beneath our feet? Take this just-for-fun quiz and find out…

Surprised by how important soils are? Use the hashtag #FLsoils to join and contribute to the social media conversation.

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Comments (84)


  • Ararsa Boki

    Welcome to see you all.

  • Dr. Tun Tun Win

    I am studying about soil chemistry and fertility for teaching. Therefore I’d like to join this course to support my knowledge of soil related fields.

  • Lire

    Thanks a lot, since the course is vital and important for soil and agriculture based professions.

  • Tony

    I would really like to understand, “more life in one teaspoon full amount of soil than population of humans on earth.” I cannot reconcile this with the fact that most of the soil is not conducive to microorganism growth due to lack of organic matter. Most soil heterotrophs live under a starvation regime and in a “dormant” phase most of the time?

  • Aubrey

    I am working as a biology and chemistry teacher in Dubai and am interested in learning more about soil chemistry before beginning a community garden on campus (with compost bins)

  • Jan

    I am not working in a professional capacity in soils or environmental science. preparing to though. Loads too learn…looking forward to it.

  • Elena

    I’m enjoyed doing this test,there is productive soil in the contryside were I have lived, still now, El Bierzo Spain

  • Ms.Vaishalee J.Khadilkar

    Presently working as Watershed practitioner and want to know more about to improve the productivity in the field and to know soil carbon in detail and its field level techniques.

  • Alimamy Edison Komeh

    Presently working as a Water Chemist, I find it much interesting that, a greater part of water purification is on the removal of deposits from Water-Soil contact. Information on the composition of Soil will greatly enlighten our understanding on which method is most accurate and precise.

  • tony dunstan

    I have worked in the turf grass industry for more than 30 years. The soil structure plays a very important part of my maintenance procedures and being involved with this online course would be very beneficial to me. Looking forward to the course starting ☺

  • Annie shi

    It is my great pleasure to know the international year of soil in 2015.
    Soil is the most important thing in the world, i can’t imagine what our life would be like withou the benefit from the soil, especiallly the soil for our organic food and fruits!
    which offer us healthy and nutritious food to survive in the world!
    what really matters is to protect the pecious soil and make a good reservation of them,
    as we all know, soil is unable to regenate itself, it is limited resouce!

  • Marco

    I practice regularly gardening and agriculture where I live for more then 5 months (and at my place) It’s important to keep taking care and having fun taking care of each other ourselves but first of all Nature, spreading this sensibility and knowledge. Looks like a good course.

    There was one that was also very interesting called “What a plants knows” I knew about this course on Coursera. Soil anyway is very interesting and can teach very underevaluated stories we must know.

  • jihadahmed

    soil is very important for all (animal,people,and plant) and we must all work hard to saved it beautifull..it’s protect us from erosion and stork

  • Denise Ead

    So pleased I got all the questions correct. I would like to know more. Caring for our environment is a priority.

  • Mahmuda Rahman Khan

    Really enjoyed taking the survey. Soils are naturally reach in minarels.

  • Ijalana Ayokunle

    On the basis of organic matter content, soils are characterized as mineral or organic. Mineral soils form most of the world’s cultivated land and may contain from a trace to 30 percent organic matter. Organic soils are naturally rich in organic matter principally for climatic reasons. Although they contain more than 30 percent organic matter, it is precisely for this reason that they are not vital cropping soils.

  • Chao Zhao

    Soil is what we depend on, live on, and benefit on. Currently, we do not understand and protect soil to a degree that wo should have to obviously, as we can see in the world. But i believe we will live a better life if we take care of soil, understand and use it properly.

  • Ian

    soil being so rich gives us such an abundance of wildlife.

  • Jessica Allen

    As I understand it soil is another non renewable resource that we fail to care for enough. I hope I am wrong.

  • onyango alloysius otieno

    so much goes on undernearth that we do not realize.Assuming that the world was devoid of soil…………could we have survived? just wondering…may be food for thought for the sciencetists.

  • Christine

    so much we take for granted,,,,,,

  • Jim

    There is so much in the natural world that we don’t know about or fail to recognize how utterly dependent on it we are, for we are part of it just as much as microbes in the soil. But unlike microbes and other creatures, we have the ability and obligation to do our best to preserve and protect it.

  • sarath

    5 tape of soil and we can use it only one feet

  • Farena

    Without soil man would not have a life. Man was made from soil.

  • Adriana

    Soil is LIFE!

  • Monika

    Hello, I was surprised what soil means for our life. Very interesting and exciting for me.

  • Christine

    Fragile earth. Nurture it.

  • Svetlana

    Thank you for a nice quiz. I am more and more interested in gardening. Now I have a small garden and it is really amazing to see how soil works and how we depend on soil.

  • Sandip

    Amazing information about soil . I would like to know more about this. Really something unknown to us.

  • anne

    very interesting. I now would like to learn more

  • alan forsyth

    people need to be more aware of much we rely on good soil for healthy foods and plants,that by using dangerous chemicals and possibly gmo seeds we are doing long term damage to ourselves,animals,insects and our water.

  • Phyllis

    We must use and reuse our soil with knowledge and conservation

  • Kannika Yeo

    Every morning i must walk bare feet on the green glass just to feel the cool earth or a wet soil. i believed it make me healthy.

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you for this quiz. 3/4 isn’t bad, but it prompts me to find courses that teach me more! Thank you FutureLearn for providing the fertile soil that’s allowing me to grow my mind!



  • Ariunaa

    Cool quiz!

  • Bonnie

    cool! Interesting quiz.

  • Michael Hall

    I am eternally grateful that Isaac Newton invented gravity when he did or we would have no soil at all to stand on. well it is just for fun.

  • Angela

    Being a country girl I always knew it was important but not as much as those answers.
    But never mind I did get them correct.Thanks for your so interesting courses

  • Emma

    4/4! Woohoo! Never expect my biodiversity class last week is going to help me get a perfect score in this quiz. Keep up the fun yet challenging and full of knowledge, FutureLearn!

    • Hang/Xiu zhen

      It”s interesting!I would like to learn it.

  • Mm

    Thanks very much

  • Kristine

    I also grew up in a place where soil were used for agriculture. My grandparents had and now my parents have a small garden with fruits and vegetables and I used to enjoe it. Currently I let my children play with soil find different small creatures in it discover our palanet and its beauty and importance its components. I think they like nature and little by little they can evaluate the holl and real importance of our Earth. I don’ t know why peaple call it durt when they some of them deliberetly pollute environment and make the Earth to suffer from different serventions. My gratest requiest to peaple is ” please stop being insensative to your environment”. The Earth is our big home.

  • Mary

    I grew up in a place where soil is always on my feet. I knew very little about it, but it sure feels so good when I step on it. I love planting from vegetable seeds to flowers. Little tiny creatures sometime comes out to say hello. But those days are gone. I immigrated with my children to another country that they call soil ” dirt”. Of course nobody wants to get dirty. So my children grew up hating dirt. I regret the idea of not giving them the opportunity to experience my childhood. ” SIGH” So to parents out there, don’t make the same mistake I did. Let them explore and they will learn more.

  • koosje

    Living in Australia we get know quite a lot about soil, even just in our own gardens, our lives depend on it

  • Susan

    I don’t think I know a lot abt it.

  • Ros

    yay, it helped already studying on the FutureLearn Soil Course. 😀

  • Lorna Buckle

    4/4 We always underestimate nature , animals and tend to think we know it all. Amazing to learn these facts fascinaging, thankyou.

  • Vanesa

    I realize that I know very little about our environment.

  • Meena

    More short quizzes like this would be really good as they make you think and keep your brain active. They also help to enhance ones general knowledge.

  • Guadalupe Escorza

    Every quiz is very important. Quizzes make us to thing that we need to learn a lot on different areas in life. Personally, I love quizzes. Thanks, for giving us the opportunity to be part of your programmes.

  • John James

    I enjoyed enjoyed doing the quiz. It is surprising what we know. I would like to learn more. I will look at the Lancaster University course.

  • Margaret Mills

    Enjoyed the quiz and did better than I thought – only one wrong! Have to confess to some guesswork, though. Great fun, typical of FutureLearn learning. Quizzes as a means of learning work for me, and I love the way FutureLearn vary the methods of getting information across.

  • Sarah Mberengo

    We never cease to learn. Thank you for helping me gain new knowledge everyday.

  • Brian Povey

    Great little quiz to start you thinking about another area in science.

  • warren dunham

    Like Future learn- Open University have ditched
    curious learners like me- maybe not their fault and maybe they are funding Future Learn- either way- great concept

  • John McLinden

    I’m relieved I got 4/4. I’ve just done the course! :)))

  • ibrahim Abdallah Yagoub

    We have take care of our soil

  • Tony Fiorini

    The quiz was fun. And I’d also like to add that I never had so much fun taking the “The Discovery of the Higgs” class this past year through Futurelearn. 13 incredible instructors. I plan to visit the University of Edinburgh this August with my wife and maybe track down one or 2 of the instructors and have my picture taken with them with my certificate.

  • brian whittington

    I like the quizzes as they do tell me that I have absorbed the information and actually learned something.

  • analee

    Fascinating little quiz. The mistakes I made were really silly..

  • Chekari Hamza

    It was really funny and interesant

  • Mi Nandar

    Excellent ,more quizzes should be reported in this course . Soil is indispensable for our lives. It is the life blood of the people who lives in the world. Farmer needs the soil to grow the paddy.The crops that we eat are come from the soil. In one country ,if the soil is not enough ,we can not possible to success in agriculture .And we cannot success in economic .So the good soil is part of the success of a country. This is the important of the soil.That all my idea. Thank you for giving me a chance to participate in this course .With best wishes .

  • Amber Noushad

    It was a great quiz – the last question really surprised me

  • S L Rajendran

    Really very interesting and useful. Please keep giving such quizzes to improve knowledge. Thanks a lot

  • Fay Towers

    Excellent ! I enjoyed doing the quiz! It is really knowledgeable !

  • Olga

    It’s an educated test. Thank you for it.

  • Srimathie

    good way to create awareness and interest on the subject

  • kathleen nelson

    great way to stimulate interest ( and show my ignorance)

  • Pam Morris

    Quite surprising results, considering 70% of the earth is water

  • ibrahim

    Really that is interesting I loved it
    so much

  • Daryll Baylon

    I enjoyed the quiz.

  • len morgan

    It’s a great course. Stimulating, informative and allows a large group oof people to share their views, and soil types.

  • Miloš Lopejský

    that is not suprising for me, but in spite everything there should be better education from schools, communications subjects, faamil& etc. Miloš.

  • Omoike Ososese

    Wow! I actually learned something new from taking the quiz

  • Han Ni Soe

    Soil that very venerable for plant and people is important in living world. Soil texture have three portions as sand , silt and clay in which clay soil have much organic matter to grow plant so it is essential. Sandy soil can’t grow well even all condiiton are favourable as temperature, moisture and some environmental factors because its’ pore space is larger than need in other soils. And silt and clay soil have very rich organic matter which decomposed organism and decomposing living organism .

  • Yousif Alghaly Ahmed

    Best quizzes. They’re all fantastic.

  • Norma

    Great, got it.

  • noriyuki kanai

    I had a good time tackling quizzes. They are really eye-opener.

  • noriyuki kanai

    I enjoyed a good time tackling quizes. They were a real eye-opener.

  • Dani Taane

    That was good

  • Lubna

    Excellent.more quizzes should be in the course.

  • Sorna Zand

    Fantastic quiz to do in your spare time. The questions were good although seemed obvious with good thought with a particular objective though.

    • ibrahim

      I agree with you dear sorna

    • S L Rajendran

      Very much true