Soils and Civilizations
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Throughout history, major civilizations failed as soil productivity diminished as a result of deforestation and abuse of marginal lands—processes that continue today. This anthology brings together the global perspectives of the foremost researchers in the field, including both classic and contemporary selections.
After reading Introduction to Soils & Civilizations, students will be able to describe the factors contributing to accelerated soil erosion rates and explain the relationship between soil degradation and the fall of historic and prehistoric civilizations.