Erosion: Soil Quality

Authored by: Craig Ditzler

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-120042738

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Abstract

Soil erosion usually degrades soil quality and a soil of poorer quality is less able to withstand further erosion, thus creating a downward spiral of soil degradation. Erosion increases the variability in soil quality across a field and, on a broad scale, is associated with widespread loss of agricultural productivity and declining water quality. Agricultural soils are particularly susceptible to wind and water erosion, and also to a recently recognized process known as tillage erosion.

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