“Down to the sea in slips”: soil erosion in New Zealand

Manawatu Gorge landslide 2010
A landslide in Manawatu Gorge, 2010

Reading a recently published environmental studies text book the other day (New Environmentalism, by Chris de Freitas and Martin Perry), I was reminded of a rather alarming statistic:

New Zealand loses between 200 and 300 million tonnes of soil to the oceans every year. Continue reading