Ive long read about the rise and fall of civilizations based on the health of their soils however david montgomerys dirt the erosion of civilizations provided a deeper more riveting account of the repeated rise and fall rise and fall rise and fall of civilizations due to failure to learn from the past. I selected dirt the erosion of civilizations because i am very interested in sustainable agriculture and the interplay between culture and ecology reading dirt offered me the opportunity to explore the history of agriculture and how different societies interacted with soil one of our most basic and sustaining elements of nature. Dirt the erosion of civilizations dirt soil call it what you wantits everywhere we go it is the root of our existence supporting our feet our farms our cities. Montgomery begins dirt by laying out his concern that study of past civilizations reveals lessons in the implications of dirt abuse for contemporary civilizations in chapter 2 montgomery provides an overview of the processes of soil accumulation deposition and erosion. David r montgomerys dirt the erosion of civilizations is a warning of a future that must be forestalled he honors the memory of albert schweitzer by challenging the philosophers bleak assessment quoted by rachel carson in her dedication of silent spring that man has lost the capacity to foresee and forestall he will end by
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