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Learn about the GLOBE Program student investigations that explore soil. Soil is the great integrator storing and affecting the chemistry of water, storing and releasing heat at Earth’s surface, retaining the effects of past climate and other forces of soil formation, while providing the medium for virtually all plant growth on land. Soil moisture and temperature can change rapidly while soil characteristics typically persist for a century or longer. The soil measurements collected by GLOBE cover the full range of properties. Students and scientists investigate the pedosphere – the global layers of soil – through collection of data that are generally unavailable from any other sources and address the significant local variations in soils. GLOBE eTraining provides the opportunity for new and existing GLOBE users to complete science protocol training online and consists of downloadable training modules, interactive digital field and lab experiences, and online assessments for each module. GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide, hands-on, K-12 school-based science education program.