Topsoil

United States, 1948

Film
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Tells the story of one of America’s richest treasures - the thin layer of topsoil on which the people of America depend for most of their food, clothing and other necessities of life. Topsoil takes centuries to produce; it is one of nature’s most delicate and most precious gifts; yet it may be totally destroyed in a few years by improper farming methods. This film points out the difference between the topsoil and the less productive subsoil, and ends by showing how precious topsoil may be conserved while still being used for maximum production.

Credits

production company

United States. Soil Conservation Service

Language

English

Duration

00:09:48:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

29651

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Agricultural productivity

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Agriculture - United States

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Farming

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Soil degradation

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Soil formation

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Soil structure

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Conservation of natural resources

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Soil conservation

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Soil degradation

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Soil formation

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Soil formation

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Soil structure

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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