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Humans erode soil 100 times faster than nature


January 7, 2015

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European colonization accelerated rates of soil loss in parts of North America to more than 100 times that of pre-settlement, new research shows. Scientists from the University of Vermont and London have for the first time, precisely quantified background rates of erosion in 10 U.S. river basins to compare with modern ones. Their data show that logging and farming led to as much erosion in decades as would have occurred naturally in thousands of years.Full Story

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