Irrigation: Soil Salinity

Authored by: James D. Rhoades

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120001747

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Abstract

Irrigation is an ancient practice that predates recorded history. Irrigation has resulted in considerable salination of associated land and water. Surviving the salinity threat requires that the seriousness of the problem be recognized more widely, the processes contributing to salination of irrigated lands be understood, effective control measures be developed and implemented that will sustain the viability of irrigated agriculture, and that practical reclamation measures be implemented to rejuvenate the presently degraded lands.

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