Humans reportedly erode soil 100 times faster than nature, an astonishing new study revealed.
Through activities such as logging and the cutting down of native forests to make way for agricultural land, we are doing damage that would normally occur over thousands of years in just a matter of decades.
“Soils fall apart when we remove vegetation,” study co-author Paul Bierman said in a statement, “and then the land erodes quickly.”
“Earth doesn’t create that precious soil for crops fast enough to replenish what the humans took off,” researcher and geologist Dylan Rood added. “It’s a pattern that is unsustainable if continued.”
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