Monday, June 28, 2010

The most valuable crop: 1741

There is a third Sort of Land, which, tho' it appears barren, produces a greater Revenue than all the rest; it consists of a whitish Earth found in several Parts of the North-side of the Island, from whence they get such a great Quantity of Salt...
--From The general history of China--

Salty soil was bad, but really salty soil was a gold mine. So I guess in some instances not only can you not have too much of a good thing, you also can't have too much of a bad one.

1 comment:

El Pollo Real said...

The most valuable crop: 1741

It's no accident that chemists speak of first crop, second crop, third crop etc. when purifying substances via crystallization.