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Restoring “Desertified” Land

23 Apr

Desertificazione, desertification, desertifikation

Desertification (Photo credit: pizzodisevo, slowly i will recover)

In the 1800s, François René Chateaubriand observed that, “The forest precedes man and the desert follows him.”  That observation is fundamentally true and has been believed to be permanent.  I.e., once mankind reduces a formerly lush environment to a desert, it would remain desert forever.

However, here’s a video that shows that “desertified” land can be rehabilitated and restored to its formerly lush condition.  Visible results can be seen in as little as three years.  Significant results are possible in five.

The key to this recovery appears to be restricting the herds of domestic livestock from over-grazing.  Thus, it appears that the forest may precede man, but the deserts don’t follow man, per se, so much as man’s domestic herd animals.  It follows that if you restrict over-grazing, you can not only preserve existing fertile lands but even restore many of those lands that have been previously degraded.

The ideas advanced in this video inspire a sense of optimism.  In a sense, we might be able to rebuild our former “gardens of Eden”.  We aren’t helpless; there are positive things that we can do.

video   00:47:30

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBLZmwlPa8A&feature=player_embedded

 
31 Comments

Posted by on April 23, 2013 in Ecology, Video

 

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31 responses to “Restoring “Desertified” Land

  1. Yartap

    April 23, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Al,

    The dust bowl was a fine example of man destroying lands by not covering the ground once the harvest is in. But the secret to bringing back any land is the little ole earthworm and its habitat. The earthworm is the creator of top soil. But modern farming techniques with its use of chemical fertilizer have destroyed the earthworm’s habitat.

     
    • Jerry S

      April 23, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      A better life via CHEMISTRY. Isn’t this what we were taught? I think it was DOW Chemistry.Satan is the MASTER destroyer.Thank “God” for the resurrection(s).

       
  2. palani

    April 24, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Private property is said to be the holy grail of common law. One of the earlier space missions photographed a large green triangular shaped property of many square miles in the Sahara desert. On checking they found the only thing distinguishing this land from the land around it was that it was privately owned. The owner practiced rotational grazing while the surrounding desert land that was not claimed was grazed wherever forage could be found.

     
    • Jerry S

      April 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      @ >Private property is said to be the holy grail of common law.

      Gov-co should love the common law,then,shouldn’t they / IT? Private property IS their private property. It’s rented out to us via an “annual rental fee” CALLED Property Tax. They can raise the “annual rental fee” & IF we cannot pay it,we find out FAST who owns the “private property.” palani,
      I only say this for those,if any, who are unaware. I believe you already know this. If anyone disagrees with my post,please tell me why.Then I will have an unpleasant surprise for you.

       
      • palani

        April 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        Governments come and go. Some are grounded on solid principles. Others are grounded on communist principles or worse (if that is possible). While I will have no hand in aiding in the overthrow of any government neither will I lend a hand in assisting the ones I don’t agree with. Private property is not alienable. It also has no value … being invaluable. Should you have had bad experiences with property that you COULD alien and that you were willing to place a value on … then maybe you should consider carefully your actions in the past and correct your future actions accordingly.

         
  3. Jerry S

    April 24, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    palani,
    @ > then maybe you should consider carefully your actions in the past and correct your future actions accordingly.

    Any provable workable suggestions? If so, what is your “fee” to provide same? OR,
    Is your place of abode a “rental Apartment / house” or,do you stay with relatives?
    What did YHWH mean when he said, “Woe to those who deprive my people of their rights.” Are you saying you are not one of his people? You seem to be saying this because you make it clear that you are never deprived of ANY rights.

     
    • palani

      April 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      “Any provable workable suggestions?”
      Constant bearing and reducing range generally work to arrive at a target. Keep your eyes on it and keep your course corrections small. A noon sighting on the Sun will give you your latitude. A taffrail log gives you speed made good. NEVER shoot the moon.

      Sunrise is ALWAYS at 6 A.M. Sunset is ALWAYS at 6 P.M. Noon is when the sun crosses your local meridian. An hour is not constant.

      Try those on for now. Check back in several months to see how you have progressed.

       
  4. Jerry S

    April 24, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    @ >Sunrise is ALWAYS at 6 A.M. Sunset is ALWAYS at 6 P.M.

    Probably so where you are but it’s not at 6 a.m.OR 6 p.m. where I am. The sun sets at 8:28 p.m. where I am. We are nothing more or less than the “sum-total” of our experiences..You have more experience,than I, no doubt about that. Thanks for answering my questions in my last post,before this one. No need to “answer” this one either. I concede. You’re to deep for me

    @ > Check back in several months to see how you have progressed.
    Progressed? We are in different time zones. Several months? Come back or go back where in several months? I don’t want to “go back” I want to go forward. If I come back, I ‘ll only be back to where I was several months prior.

     
    • palani

      April 25, 2013 at 7:18 AM

      “The sun sets at 8:28 p.m. where I am”
      If you are on railroad time then I would expect you to obey railroad rules and regulations as well. Enjoy!!!

      “If I come back, I ‘ll only be back to where I was several months prior.”
      If you have the ability to time-travel back this several months then you recognize that you may also at your option time-travel back 50 – 2,000 – 4,500 years to the source of your problem(s) and select an alternative path.

       
      • Jerry S

        April 25, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        @ > If you are on railroad time ….”
        I think I’ve been railroaded. Time travel is hogwash,other than the demonic powers performing their deception. “God” says the demons will be allowed to do such “seemingly” wonderous things it would ALMOST deceive the very elect. I hope you know who the elect are,palani. I perceive you believe in reincarnation. I don’t,but if it did exist I’m sure you would have been QUEEN of all Queens. (< : However,if I was King Solomon I would have liked that. We could say rockin & rollin started with us.

         
  5. palani

    April 25, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    “Time travel is hogwash ….”
    during a two-hour period between 10:00 and 11:59 (UTC) each day, three different calendar days are in use.

    So saith Wikipedia … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Date_Line

    So is it time you believe is hogwash or is it travel you find to be hogwash?

     
    • Jerry S

      April 25, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      palani
      April 25, 2013 at 7:12 PM
      Well, I’ve laid around & played around in this time zone too long,in this time zone too long, in this time zone too long,I’ve laid around & played around in this time zone too long, & I feel like i gotta TRAVEL on. palani, when it’s night time in New York City,It’s daytime in L.A. palani, LES ROCK !!!

       
  6. palani

    April 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    ” I’ve laid around & played around in this time zone too long”
    Time is not subject to zones.

     
    • Jerry S

      April 26, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Everything is subject to “something.” And, more often than not, subject to several things.You have to agree,palani, because you are only licensed to agree. What is time subject to? Time depends on what?

       
      • Adask

        April 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

        I think time is dependent on batteries because every time the battery in my watch dies, the hands on the clock stop turning.

         
      • palani

        April 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        Time, in Iowa, is dependent upon Title 1, Sovereignty, as follows
        1D.1 Standard time and daylight saving time.
        The standard time in this state is the solar time of the ninetieth meridian of longitude west of Greenwich,* commonly known as central standard time, except that from two o’clock ante meridiem of the first Sunday of April in every year until two o’clock ante meridiem of the last Sunday of October in the same year, standard time shall be advanced one hour. The period of time so advanced shall be known as “daylight saving time.”

        1D.2 Effect of time change.
        In all laws, statutes, orders, decrees, rules, and regulations relating to the time of performance of any act by any officer or department of this state, including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the state government, or any county, city or district thereof, relating to the time in which any rights shall accrue or determine, or within which any act shall or shall not be performed by any person subject to the jurisdiction of this state and in all the public schools and institutions of this state, or of any county, city or district thereof, and in all contracts and choses in action made or to be performed in this state, the time shall be the time established in section 1D.1.

        I liken the above to ‘railroad time’ and choose not to run on the schedule of ‘this state’. As previously stated, my time is predicated upon sunrise being 6 A.M., sunset being 6 P.M. and noon being when the sun crosses my local meridian. To this end I carry a sundial with me (batteries not included).

         
      • Adask

        April 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        The earth wobbles and tilts on its axis. As I understand it, when the earth is exactly “vertical” (at the Spring and Fall equinoxes) we have 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness, around the world. On either equinox, the sun should “rise” at 6 AM and set at 6 PM. But for the other 363 days of the year, we have either longer “days” (hours sunlight) during the summer or shorter days (fewer hours of sunlight) during the winter.

        In the summer we have longer days–that means the sun comes up before 6AM and/or sets after 6 PM. In the winter, the days are shorter and the sun rises after 6 AM and sets before 6PM.

        If some days are longer and other days are shorter, it necessarily follows that the sun doesn’t always rise at 6 AM or always set at 6 PM.

         
      • palani

        April 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        Alfred

        Programming is something you have to overcome. For many millenia sunrise marked 6 A.M. and sunset marked a new day and 6 P.M. The British imposed Greenwich time on the world in order to use their nautical almanacs and system of longitude and latitude with London being 0 degrees longitude. To navigate by the stars you needed to have an accurate timepiece (chronographer) with a known rate of error. Then railroads came along and if every small community maintained time based upon their own local meridian the railroad schedules were impossible to calculate.

        The huge failure of the Greenwich system is the need to have a discontinuity of a day at the international date line. Under a system using sunrise and sunset there is no discontinuity and where you are with respect to the sun determines your date and time. It is a natural system … not a man-made system.

        The natural system date changes at sunset. The julian date system changes at noon. The British system the date changes at midnight. Chuck out all the man-made nonsense (unless you want to navigate or run a railroad) and live naturally.

         
      • Adask

        April 26, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        Your system makes sense so long as you don’t expect all 24 hours to be of equal duration, or even of fixed duration. By means of definitions you can define 6 AM to always occur at sunrise and 6 PM to always occur at sunset. But you can’t get the same result if your presume that the number of minutes and hours in the sunlit portion of the day are of equal number (but not duration) as the minutes and hours of the night. 12 hours of daylight every day; 12 hours of night every day. You can do that by definitions, but you can’t do it by mathematics.

        Incidentally, does your portable sundial come with a flashlight so we can read it at night?

         
  7. Jerry S

    April 26, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    @ >I think time is dependent on batteries because every time the battery in my watch dies, the hands on the clock stop turning.

    There ya go dear Brother Alfred.See what I mean,palani? I think most of my problems will be solved if I do like you,palani, & start carrying a sundial with me. I never thought of that.Son-of-a gun. Then when I’m asked for the “Big 3” by gov-co agents, I’ll show them/him/her/IT,the sundial. I feel so ashamed of myself.

     
    • palani

      April 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      “I’ll show them/him/her/IT,the sundial.”
      If you can get them to put local time down on their ticket/report you just busted the sovereignty of the state. If they don’t want to put it down then tell ’em you can’t sign anything that is blatantly FALSE … OR …. that you will sign it with the stipulation that the report IS false…. under duress.

       
      • Jerry S

        April 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        palani
        April 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

        SIGN THE G..D… ticket or go to jail. Been there & done that sweetheart. MANY TIMES. I have even tried using > X & insisted the X IS my signature. I just ain’t purty as you MUST BE.

         
      • palani

        April 27, 2013 at 3:15 AM

        “SIGN THE G..D… ticket or go to jail”
        Duress and the guy is armed to boot. The Latin is “Vi Et Armis” and that is pretty much what my signature looks like when I sign it. It means ‘UNDER FORCE AND ARMS’.

        “So if theeves take a man, and compell him (by menace of killing) to sweare upon a booke to bring unto them a certaine summe of money, or other goods: and thereupon he goeth, and bringeth the same unto them: this is adjudged Robberie 44.E.3.14. and yet he was once at libertie and out of their hands, so as he might seeme to be freed of all the feare wherein he stood by them. But yet, who seeth not, that the same feare that made him to take the oath, did still follow him even to the performance of that which he had sworne and promised.”

         
      • Jerry S

        April 27, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        palani,
        @ > April 27, 2013 at 3:15 AM
        Re: “Vi Et Armis”
        Honestly, I “signed” this way also, a couple of times, except I used a little case “e” > VietArmis. I did run the letters together without separation. Maybe that is why it did not help a tall. Anyway, will you be so kind to translate your 2nd paragraph into current day usage of the English language. I do have a problem understanding circa 16th century English. Thanks,palani.

         
  8. Jerry S

    April 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    palani,
    Re: > navigate
    I like that word,navigate. And, in regards to a lady,I am here to state, It’s not just her looks or the way she cooks,but the way she navigates. A navagatin woman is mighty hard to find. A girl I met some time ago just took my heart my storm. AND OH how she could navigate when she was in my arms. Her lovin drove me crazy, it was too good to be true. She was everything I wanted,but her husband felt the same way too. Oh well.

     
  9. palani

    April 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    “Your system makes sense so long as you don’t expect all 24 hours to be of equal duration”
    There are 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, 60 seconds in a minute … but a second is not a constant, so a minute is not constant, an hour is not constant, a day is not constant. But then we are talking Law and not Mathematics and the Earth only became spherical within the past 600 years.

    “does your portable sundial come with a flashlight so we can read it at night?”
    No … but it has a compass built in and can point to magnetic North. Can your watch do that?

     
    • Jerry S

      April 26, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      palani
      @ >constant.
      You are consistently constant re: all things,subjects,etc., & just to think you take time out to respond to me is beyond words to try & explain. Anyway,if I ever marry you better know I will choose my mate, not by her looks or the way she cooks but the way she navigates

       
    • Jerry S

      April 28, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      @ Can your watch do that?
      I say it depends on, what watch he is on,midnight watch? AND the time zone he is in. We KNOW the Venue he is in.

       
      • Jerry S

        April 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        Excuse me. I should have said, which watch & not what watch,and not meaning wrist watch,either,It seems which watch or what watch are both &/or either one should be understood as to the intent of what I meant. I do know it’s time to shut-up. Yes, I know it’s hard to believe.This is one time you can count on it.

         

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