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(Phys Org2)   Approximately 57.6 trillion metric tons of soil has been lost in 160 years of farming the Midwest. So..., the U.S. needs more dirt farmers?   (phys.org) divider line
    More: Scary, Erosion, Soil, Minnesota, Midwestern United States, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, No-till farming  
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2022-03-16 1:14:20 PM  
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2022-03-16 1:37:33 PM  
Sorry, it's all my fault.  Damn dogs track that much into the house, or more, every farking day.
 
2022-03-16 1:44:19 PM  
Subby, do you realize what you've done? This thread could be knee deep in Paul Harvey bullshiat before anyone even has a chance to escape. Damn you, this isn't a Superbowl. Fly you fools.
 
2022-03-16 1:56:44 PM  
Sweet! I always wanted to live through a Dust Bowl!
 
2022-03-16 2:07:19 PM  
All that dirt lands in the ocean and the sea level rises?
 
2022-03-16 2:10:22 PM  
Is anyone looking for it? Seems like a big pile of dirt would have to go somewhere, it doesn't evaporate
 
2022-03-16 2:10:26 PM  

fat boy: All that dirt lands in the ocean and the sea level rises?


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2022-03-16 2:12:52 PM  
Lost? Have they tried looking under the couch cushions?
 
2022-03-16 2:13:27 PM  
The Midwest has been dying since 1920.

Fewer people there as a percentage of the overall population, way fewer kids staying since opportunities are better on both coasts, and anyone who can get out is getting out.

The only exceptions are the big cities: Chicago, Minneapolis, etc. And even some of them are declining rapidly (St. Louis, Detroit, Cleveland, Dayton, Toledo, Akron, etc).
 
2022-03-16 2:25:59 PM  
Time was, the topsoil out there was 6'  deep, now you're lucky to get 6".
 
2022-03-16 2:26:53 PM  

Telephone Sanitizer Second Class: Lost? Have they tried looking under the couch cushions?


I'm thinking, it's farmers so probably under their finger nails
 
2022-03-16 2:30:33 PM  
Quit suckin' all the water outta the aquifers and bring back the prairies.
Switchgrass produces more ethanol per acre than corn, sugar beets and sugar cane.
Bonus: no fertilizer needed.
 
2022-03-16 2:54:35 PM  

lurkey: Quit suckin' all the water outta the aquifers and bring back the prairies.
Switchgrass produces more ethanol per acre than corn, sugar beets and sugar cane.
Bonus: no fertilizer needed.


Plus, that would help the bison come back
 
2022-03-16 3:06:18 PM  

UndeadPoetsSociety: Time was, the topsoil out there was 6'  deep, now you're lucky to get 6".


William Stranix:
Chaotic? Wake up, Tom! You know, and I know, that chaos and bedlam are consuming the entire world! UV light waves are only the beginning, Tom. We have an inch of topsoil left.
 
2022-03-16 3:33:13 PM  
Need to shake the lettuce out better.
 
2022-03-16 5:57:29 PM  
So that would be about a 16 mile cube.
 
2022-03-16 5:58:41 PM  
I wonder how much is lost to water and dust based erosion vs. soil components absorbed by the plants.
 
2022-03-16 6:05:47 PM  
57.6 million metric tons ... How many Olympic-size swimming pools is that?
 
2022-03-16 6:42:17 PM  
When you consider that plants grow by absorbing nutrients from the soil and water, and gasses from the air (and that livestock are fed by plants), it is apparent that all food is essentially frothy mud.
 
2022-03-16 9:54:44 PM  

UndeadPoetsSociety: lurkey: Quit suckin' all the water outta the aquifers and bring back the prairies.
Switchgrass produces more ethanol per acre than corn, sugar beets and sugar cane.
Bonus: no fertilizer needed.

Plus, that would help the bison come back


Millions and million of them.
...and wolves, black-footed ferrets, pronghorns...
 
2022-03-17 1:54:10 AM  

Catsaregreen: 57.6 million metric tons ... How many Olympic-size swimming pools is that?


Sorry, my understanding is that our current UOM has been changed to Giraffes.
 
2022-03-17 5:03:34 AM  

UndeadPoetsSociety: Time was, the topsoil out there was 6'  deep, now you're lucky to get 6".


Congrats on the new farkie tag... I audibly chuckled.

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So, we're saying sewage treatment plants need to pull the water - get that cleaned back up for use in the water supply, and then transport the sludgy shiat mix to fly over country to help restock their soil?

Hm... We've often said the midwest was shiat - this will just be keeping them honest.
 
2022-03-17 9:45:35 PM  
I know it's too late, but the headline says billion, not trillion. It's been updated.
 
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