What is the smallest soil particle?


Gravels are the largest particles in soil and clay particles are the smallest particles.

Clay particles

  • Clay is the smallest particle amongst the other two types of soil.
  • The particles in this soil are tightly packed together with each other with very little or no airspace.
  • This soil has very good water storage qualities and makes it hard for moisture and air to penetrate into it.
  • It is very sticky to the touch when wet, but smooth when dried.
  • Clay is the densest and heaviest type of soil which does not drain well or provide space for plant roots to flourish.

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