Soil Erosion and Contamination

Authored by: Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698

10.4324/9780203844236.ch29

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Abstract

Often soils facilitate the provisioning of food, fibre and drinking water, support housing structures and contain or neutralise harmful substances, among other benefits. However, sometimes soils have disastrous implications, like sudden, deadly landslides, erosion-induced, wind-blown dust choking crops and surface waters, and toxic compounds showing up in food and water. That is, soil properties can combine with environmental forces, including human activities, to cause the sort of soil movement and/or contamination that imperils human survival.

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