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Loam field
Loam field

Loam is soil composed of sand, silt, and clay in relatively even concentration (about 40-40-20% concentration respectively). Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 532 pixelsFull resolution‎ (3,008 × 2,000 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 532 pixelsFull resolution‎ (3,008 × 2,000 pixels, file size: 1. ... Loess field in Germany Surface-water-gley developed in glacial till, Northern Ireland For the American hard rock band, see SOiL. For the System of a Down song, see Soil (song). ... For other uses, see Sand (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Silt (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Clay (disambiguation). ...


Loams are gritty, plastic when moist, and retain water easily. They generally contain more nutrients than sandy soils. In addition to the term loam, different names are given to soils with slightly different proportions of sand, silt, and clay: sandy loam, silty loam, clay loam, sandy clay loam, silty clay loam, and loam.


A "loamy" soil feels mellow and is easy to work over a wide range of moisture conditions. A soil dominated by one or two of the three particle size groups can behave like loam if it has a strong granular structure (promoted by a high content of organic matter). However, a soil that meets the textural definition of loam can become unlike loamy earth if it is compacted, depleted of organic matter, or has dispersive clay in its fine-earth fraction.


Loam soil is ideal for growing crops because it retains nutrients well and retains water while still allowing the water to flow freely. This soil is found in a majority of successful farms in regions around the world known for their fertile land.


In house construction

Loam is also used for the construction of houses. Walls covered inside with a layer of loam work well to control air humidity. Loam, combined with straw, is also a widely-used construction material in poorer countries. it holds how much water.


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  • A family house in Romania built with loam and straw

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Loam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (194 words)
Loam is soil composed of a relatively even mixture of three mineral particle size groups: sand, silt, and clay.
Loams are gritty, plastic when moist, and retain water easily.
In addition to the term loam, different names are given to soils with slightly different proportions of sand, silt, and clay: sandy loam, silty loam, clay loam, sandy clay loam, silty clay loam.
Stasisfield.com : artists : Loam (225 words)
Loam, aka James Warchol, has been making music since his teens.
Loam's first self titled CD was released by Topscore in 2000.
Loam's new album "terra obscura" was released by Topscore Records in May 2003.
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