An Eco-Geomorphological Approach to the Soil Degradation and Erosion Problem

  • A. C. Imeson
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The processes of soil degradation associated with desertification are reviewed. Changes in soil structure occurring when natural ecosystems are disturbed, are examined with respect to the effect that they have on erosion and the soil water balance. How soil physical properties can best be evaluated for erosion control is described using examples from Mediterranean areas. Some of the difficulties in evaluating the soil erosion hazard are indicated. For predicting the erosion hazard it is necessary to understand how ecological, hydrological, pedological and erosional processes are interwoven. For combatting erosion on cultivated land attention should be given to improving the soil structure.


Soil Erosion Soil Loss Sediment Yield Infiltration Rate Soil Degradation 
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  • A. C. Imeson
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Physical Geography and Soil ScienceUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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