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Soil is more than dirt-it's the stuff of life. It supports, directly or indirectly, every creature that lives on land, Homo sapiens included. As such, the fertile, nutrient-rich topsoils capable of growing our crops are an central natural resource. But soil, the backbone of agriculture and civilization for 10, 000 years, is danger of slipping through our fingers. Every year we lose millions of acres of it to erosion, nutrient depletion, and ruination from salt and sprawling human development. The past offers many examples of the price human beings have paid when the life-giving soil crumbles beneath them. Soil depletion confuted to the collapse of ancient empires in Sumeria and Mesoamerica. Today, it is rampant over vast areas of the Earth's surface and has sparked hunger, poverty, and wars for resources. Influenced by ancient agricultural practices as well as modern problems like climate change, the loss fertile soil necessary to feed humanity threatens to become one defining, problems of the twenty-first century. Book jacket.
Publisher: Greensboro, N.C. : Morgan Reynolds Pub., c2010
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781599351148
Branch Call Number: 333.7316 Cun 3567
Characteristics: 111 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.). --


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