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Soil moisture is the water that is held in the spaces between soil particles, generally in the upper 10 cm of soil; this small amount of water plays a critical role in controlling the transfer of water and heat energy between Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Geosphere.

The purpose of this activity is for students to create a desktop soil profile based on the biome region of the United States where your school is located.

This learning activity uses data acquired by the TOPEX/Poseidon altimeter, a joint project of NASA and the French Space Agency, to investigate the relationship between the topography of a sea-floor feature and the topography of the overlying sea surface.