Soil Erodes Too Slowly On The Human Timescale To Notice...Until It's Too Late

Rich topsoil flowing to the sea.
Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, and author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, David Montgomery wrote:

"Despite substantial progress in soil conservation, the United States Department of Agriculture estimates that millions of tons of topsoil are eroded annually from farmers' fields in the Mississippi River basin. Every second, North America's largest river carries another dump truck's load of topsoil to the Caribbean. Each year, America's farms shed enough soil to fill a pickup truck for every family in the country. This is a phenomenal amount of dirt. But the United States is not the biggest waster of this critical resource. An estimated twenty-four billion tons of soil are lost annually around the world — several tons for each person on the planet. Despite such global losses, soil erodes slowly enough to go largely unnoticed in anyone's lifetime."

Read why the loss of topsoil is important to each of us: Does Soil Need Saving?

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