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Reboisement in France free pdf Excerpt from Reboisement in France: Or Records of the Replanting of the Alps, the Cevennes, and the Pyrenees With Trees, Herbage, and Bush, With a View to Arresting and Preventing the Destructive Consequences and Effects of Torrents Extract from Preface. - 'In a treatise on the Hydrology of South Africa I have given details of destructive effects of torrential floods at the Cape of Good Hope and Natal, and referred to the measures adopted in France to prevent the occurrence of similar disastrous floods there. The attention of the Legislative Assembly at the Cape of Good Hope was, last year, called by one of the members of the Assembly to the importance of planting trees on unproductive Crown lands. On learning that this had been done I addressed to the editor of the Cape Argus a communication, of which the following is a copy: - "I have before me details of destructive effects of torrents which have occurred since I left the Colony in the beginning of 1867. Towards the close of that year there occurred one, the damage occasioned by which to roads and to house property at Port Elizabeth alone was estimated at from 25,000 to 30,000. Within a year thereafter a similar destructive torrent occurred at Katal, in regard to which it was stated that the damage done to public works alone was estimated at 50,000, while the loss to private persons was estimated variously from 50,000 to 100,000. In the following year, 1869, a torrent in the Western Province occasioned the fall of a railway bridge, which issued in loss of life and loss of property, and personal injuries, for one case alone of which the railway proprietors were prosecuted for damages amounting to 5000. In Beaufort West a deluge of rain washed down the dam, and the next year the town was flooded by the waters of the Gamko-and the next year, 1871, Victoria West was visited with a similar disaster. Such are the sums and the damages with which we have to deal in connection with this question, as it affects the case- and these are only the most remarkable torrents of the several years referred to. I have spoken of millions of francs being spent on reboisement in France, and some may be ready to cry out, 'Nothing like such an expenditure can be undertaken at the Cape!' Perhaps not- but the losses occasioned by the torrents seem to amount at present to about a million of francs in the year. This falls in a great measure on individuals, that would fall on the community- and the community in return would benefit by water retained to fertilize the earth, instead of being lost in the sea, and by firewood and timber being grown where now there is none. These are facts well deserving of consideration in the discussion of the expediency of planting Crown lands with trees." 'Towards the close of last year, 1874, still more disastrous effects were produced by torrential floods. According to the report given by one of the Colonial newspapers, the damages done could not be estimated at much less than 300,000. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."

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Author : John Croumbie Brown
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 July 2015
ISBN : 1332031110
EAN : 9781332031115
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 384 pages
Age + : 15 years
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