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The images are familiar: gray clouds of soil billowing from crop fields in a dry, windy spring and road ditches filled with snowbanks crowned with brown.
All tell the story of soil erosion. The images, which have prevailed across decades and generations, seem an inevitable outcome of farming.
The true story behind these familiar sightings and the volume of erosion they represent is breathtaking. The historic loss of soil, when tallied across the most vulnerable topographical areas of the Midwest, may amount to 57 billion metric tons of topsoil and its carbon lost over the past 150 years of farming.