Aditi has started reading the book, she loves parts of it! Luckily for the rest of us, there’s a video with the authors online, along with a really good explanation of why soil and carbon is part of us–our bodies and our food. And that we can rebuild soil in a matter of years–not the centuries of geological rock formation, as we tend to think. Check out The Hidden Half of Nature:
The story of soil is a complex, intriguing one. Our project draws to us people, resources, and opportunities to uncover more facets of its nature. So we’ve decided to start collecting notes about things that surprise us here – notes on soil. Here we post new facets of our world’s soil body when the inspiration strikes us (sometimes literally~).
Oftentimes, when we talk about making soil, soil scientists point out that soil takes a long time to form. Yet as Dr Christine Jones mentions, in an interview, the building of topsoil versus the weathering of rock are two different phenomena, and human activity changes the speed at which they occur.
“the flow of liquid carbon to soil is the primary pathway by which new topsoil is formed“
Read about her work – and Amazing Carbon, here., or read extracts of her work below.