THE LAND RENEWED: The Story of Soil Conservation by William R. Van Dersal

THE LAND RENEWED: The Story of Soil Conservation

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The first land pattern was wilderness. The second land pattern was a patchwork of square fields. . . . The modern land pattern. . . fit(s) the rounded, rolling contours of the land itself. . . . Every acre is used in accordance with its own particular capability and managed according to its individual needs."" The fine photo-easy demonstrating this thesis was first published in 1946; now it has been revised, expanded by about one-half, organized into logical units, and provided with an excellent topical index. (Also printed on clean white stock.) The format is the same a photo or two opposite each left-hand page of text. (One mistake: two photos reversed on p. 110.) Both photos and text have a clear-cut directness in conveying information and something more--a sense of rhythm embodied in words and pictures, a sense of identification with the land, even with ""odd areas"" and suburban plots. After demonstrating problems and corrective measures, the book details conservation organization and administration, suggests writing to the U.S. government to learn more. A good book made better, and still not basted.

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 1968
Publisher: Walck