What is the Dirt on Dirt?
Dirt is made from rocks, plants, and animals whichhave broken down into smaller pieces with time andweather. Sand is made only from rocks (or shells)which have broken down into tiny pieces. Anothername for dirt is soil. Mud is wet dirt. Dirt varies intexture and color. It can have a tint of red, yellow,blue, brown or black. Underground dirt is the hometo many animals and insects. Some of these are theworm, ant, and mole. People sometimes use dirt fortheir homes. Mud mixed with grass and straw, andthen baked, is called adobe. Bricks are made in asimilar way. Plants need dirt in which to grow.