Posts tagged ‘Soil’

How does the earthworm dig its hole?


Earthworms are worms that live in warm and moist places throughout the world.

As anyone can guess from their name, earthworms live in the ground.  The earthworm digs its burrow by actually eating its way through the soil.

As the worm digs, it swallows the dirt and digests the decaying plant and food matter in the dirt.

The soil passes through the earthworm’s long body and is left on the ground in little heaps of dirt balls, called castings.  Thus the earthworm makes a home for itself and gets its meals at the same time.

Earthworms are good friends to farmers and gardeners.  By digging burrows, earthworms leave tiny holes in the ground which make it easy for air and water to get to plant roots.

The castings of the worms help keep the soil rich for growing plants.

The earthworm is sometimes called an angleworm or fishworm, because it is a popular bait used by fishermen. – Dick Rogers

What is an elephant bird?

Elephant Bird

Imagine, if you can, a gigantic, ostrichlike bird that stood nearly 10 feet high, weighed 1,000 pounds and laid eggs more than a foot long, each of which held two gallons!  Such a giant bird lived until about two centuries ago on the island of Madagascar, near the eastern coast of Africa.

Today, these big, flightless birds are known only from their eggs and bony remains, which dwarf the bones of all living birds.  (A big ostrich, the largest bird now alive, stands about 8 feet tall and weighs 300 pounds.)

Elephant birds’ eggs are still occasionally washed out of the soil where they were laid long ago.

To wondering natives looking at the largest eggs ever laid, the elephant bird must have truly been a monster of heroic proportions.

It was doubtless these birds that gave rise to legends about the roc, a mythical bird of enormous size,  known from the stories in the “Arabian Nights.”  – Dick Rogers