Missouri's land and geology are essential natural resources. From surface topsoil to underground caves, land supports all human activities. Resources like industrial and metallic minerals, oil, water, vegetation, trees supplying oxygen and wood, and animals are all supported by the land.

The food we eat depends on the soil in which it is grown. Minerals in our food and drinks, limestone and minerals used in the construction of buildings and roads, to the minerals found in items we use every day contribute to the high quality of life we enjoy. Protecting these resources is important to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Geological activities and best soil conservation practices of farmers and landowners affects the daily life of every person in the state. The decisions we make also contribute to the economy of our state. Unearth more about Missouri's land.