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Soil Erosion: The Erosion of Civilizations

Soil degradation is often very slow process, but the results are usually devastating – in some cases the complete loss of a civilization’s ability to feed itself. Remember Easter Island and the Roman Empire? Soil erosion continues today, as witnessed by these powerful satellite images:

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This video shows dramatic evidence of soil erosion right here in Canada. Video host Professor Martin Entz then shows and explains some farming system options that are more "soil friendly".

Video duration: 13 minutes

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