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Let Us Now Praise Famous Gullies: Providence Canyon and the Soils of the South
Providence Canyon State Park, also known as Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon,” preserves a network of massive erosion gullies allegedly caused by poor farming practices during the nineteenth century. It is a park that protects the scenic results of an environmental disaster. While little known today, Providence Canyon enjoyed a modicum of fame in the 1930s. During that decad ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published December 15th 2015 by A Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book
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I found this an interesting look at the land and its history. The Grand Canyon demonstrates the power of erosion of a mighty river, over aeons; the Providence Canyon however came about swiftly through ill-thought farming practices after homesteaders took over the land from Creek Native people in Georgia. While I've visited the Grand Canyon I'd never heard of this smaller relative. Looking at the craggy, continually eroding gullies of marine sedimentary soil, we have to say that if good farmland ...more
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