Chambers's New Handy Volume American Encyclopaedia Volume 12

Chambers's New Handy Volume American Encyclopaedia Volume 12

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...equal to that of the best cultivated lands of similar Boil and situation. In many instances, however, waste lands have recently been improved with great advantage, and it s cms probable that no small part of the waste lauds of the country are capable of profitable improvement. The process must often be slow and gradual, especially where the soil is naturally very poor, as even the addition of large quantities of manure to very poor soils will not render them fertile, but on the contrary will be followed by a sterility greater than before. The quantity of guano which a rich soil would gratefully receive, will destroy every vestige of vegetation ou a very poor soil. The waste lands of Britain are of very various character. Some of them are bogs, already sufficiently noticed in the article Boa. Others are marshes and fens, generally very near the level of the sea, and often within the reach of its tides, chiefly lu the eastern counties of England. See Bedford Levjjl. Of these, a great extent has been reclaimed, and lias become very productive; much still remaining, however, to he done. There are also extensive moors both in England and in Scotland, often of very poor soil, and often also at. such an elevation above the level of the sea, as to render profitable agriculture hopeless. This is not the case with all the moors, and it is sometimes possible to effect great improvement by drainage; so that land, formerly almost worthless, may be convened into good pasture. In many places, the heath has been extirpated, and the moorland changed into good pasture, and even into good arable land. It is sometimes found very profitable to break up such land, even at very considerable elevations, and afterwards to lay it down in pasture, the produce being...show more

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  • 1236837851
  • 9781236837851