Summary:

  • Soil is a renewable resource, but it can take thousands of years to form.
  • Many techniques can be utilized to reduce soil erosion.
  • Techniques include terracing, contour cropping, windbreaks, and no-till planting.
  • Caution with grazing, recreational activities and reclaiming used lands can help reduce soil loss.
  • The Dust Bowl taught people that soil could be lost by plowing and growing crops.
  • New ways of farming were developed to protect the soil.
  • Some of the methods are described below (Figure below)
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