Soil Erosion and Conservation

Soil Erosion and Conservation


320 Pages


Soil Erosion and Conservation provides a comprehensive treatment of the processes of soil erosion, the methods that can be used for their control, and the issues involved in designing and implementing soil conservation programmes.

Features of the third edition of this internationally recognised textbook include:

  • New material on gully erosion, tillage practices, erosion risk assessment, use of erosion models, incentives for farmers and land users, and community approaches to erosion control
  • Updated sections on the mechanics of wind erosion, soil erodibility, use of vegetation in erosion control, traditional soil conservation measures, socio-economic issues and the role of government
  • Describes the methods used to assess the risk of erosion and predict rates of soil loss
  • Outlines the social, economic, political and institutional constraints on implementing soil protection measures
  • Covers erosion and its control for agriculture, grazing, forestry, mining land, road banks, pipeline corridors and recreation
  • Provides worldwide coverage of the success and failure of erosion control using material from Europe, Africa, Australia, America and Asia

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Published 05 February 2009
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EAN13 9781405144674
License: All rights reserved
Language English

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Foreword Preface
Soil erosion: the global context Box 1. Erosion, population and food supply
Processes and mechanics of erosion Box 2. Initiation of soil particle movement
Factors influencing erosion Box 3. Scale and erosion processes
Erosion hazard assessment Box 4. Upscaling detailed field surveys to national surveys
Measurement of soil erosion Box 5. Sediment budgets
Modelling soil erosion Box 6. Uncertainty in model predictions
Strategies for erosion control Box 7. Planning a soil conservation strategy
Crop and vegetation management Box 8. Selecting vegetation for erosion control
Soil management Box 9. Tillage erosion
Mechanical methods of erosion control Box 10. Laying out terraces and waterways
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11 42
45 65
67 93
95 113
116 149
152 172
175 197
200 210
212 241
Contents v
Implementation Box 11. Land Care
The way ahead
References Acknowledgements Index
Contents vi
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