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1. Soil impact

1.1. Introduction

The term “soil” generally denotes the layer of surface earth infused with water, air, and organic elements. Created by processes of weathering and decomposition, it forms the substrate for agriculture and forestry [11]. As a product of both geological and biological processes, soil is not static, but in a state of constant change. Changes continue to be observed in the present day – especially in “younger” landscapes affect…

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Gudermann, Rita, “Soil”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017710>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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