Journal of Geographical Sciences

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 49–57 | Cite as

Erosion environment in the sediment-rich area on the Loess Plateau

  • Jiao Ju-ying
  • Li Jing
  • Wang Wan-zhong
Environmental Change


Based on the investigation and analysis of characteristics of precipitation, natural environment, socio-economic factors and soil erosion, this paper indicates that the precipitation is the main driving force for the soil erosion in the sediment-rich area, its variability determines the characteristics of soil and water loss; the natural conditions such as the drainage systems, geological and topographic features, the composition of soil and land surface materials, vegetation and climate determine the seriousness of soil and water loss; irrational socio-economic activities of human beings usually accelerated soil and water loss; meanwhile, the low preservation rate and inferiority of soil and water conservation measures made it impossible to make rapid progress on soil and water loss control. Furthermore, the characteristics of erosion environment endowed this area with more sediment that is the main reason for the flooding disasters by the Yellow River. Therefore, more emphasis should be placed on the enhancement of soil and water conservation. The soil loss prediction models will provide scientific basis for the planning of soil and water conservation, the designing of soil and water conservation measures and the valuation of effects of soil and water loss control. According to the analysis of the previous studies on soil loss prediction, and the water-sediment variation features, it is thought that study on soil loss prediction under various rainfall conditions and soil-water conservation measures should be carried out.

Key words

Loess Plateau sediment-rich area soil erosion environmental characteristics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiao Ju-ying
    • 1
  • Li Jing
    • 1
  • Wang Wan-zhong
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, CAS and Ministry of Water ResourcesNorthwest Sci-techonology University of Agriculture and ForestryYanglingChina

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