Water Erosion

Authored by: Dino Torri , Lorenzo Borselli

Handbook of Soil Sciences Resource Management and Environmental Impacts

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  November  2011

Print ISBN: 9781439803073
eBook ISBN: 9781439803080
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Soil erosion refers to a series of processes leading to soil depletion in situ and the export of sediment toward downstream areas. This chapter will try to identify the main processes and their interrelationship with soil and soil properties. Some extremely important factors in the definition of soil behavior, such as vegetation, land use and wildfire, land leveling, and till-age erosion will be briefly discussed. The focus of this chapter is on processes of soil erosion rather than soil erosion models, each of which would require a chapter to itself. Our objective here is to review current scientific understanding of the processes that are important from the standpoint of soil science and soil observation, rather than the sum of their parts as described by a model.

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