The History of Dirt – why civilisations collapse

This story was very Jared Diamond!

 

The History of Dirt

By Keiren McLeonard

Tuesday, 05/10/2010

Professor David Montgomery believes that societies can fall apart when they lose their soil.

He says that what happened to the Romans and Greeks could be happening to us.

This story provoked a huge response when we first broadcast it earlier this year, so here it is again.

David is a professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, in the US.

He wrote the book, Dirt – The Erosion of Civilizations, and he’s now working on a sequel that is a little more optimistic.

In this report: David R Montgomery, Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, author of Dirt – The Erosion of Civilizations.

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via The History of Dirt – 05/10/2010.

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