In honour of World Food Day, here are some stunning pictures that show soil is so much more than dirt

Today marks World Food Day, dedicated to alleviating hunger around the globe.

2015 is also the International Year of Soils, and to celebrate National Geographic is taking a closer look at soil and its critical role in food security, sustainable development and combating the effects of climate change.

Check out some of the best photos from Your Shot, National Geographic’s photography community, which show the majesty and beauty of something all too often dismissed as dirt:

Amir Hossein Khorgooei/National Geographic National Geographic Your Shot

Susomoy Sur/National Geographic Your Shot

Michele Martinelli/National Geographic Your Shot

James Smart/National Geographic National Geographic Your Shot

Rimon Ahmed/National Geographic National Geographic Your Shot

Lorenzo Mittiga/National Geographic Your Shot

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