Soil Erosion and Land Degradation in Southern Italy

  • H. M. Rendell
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Severe soil erosion and landsliding affect 17% of the land area of Italy. The semi-arid zones of the south of Italy and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia are particularly prone to erosion by virtue of a combination of climatic factors and high relative relief. Such areas are also prone to hazards such as forest fires. Soil conservation projects have achieved some success, but in some areas problems of erosion are being exacerbated by changes in agricultural land use.


Erosion Rate Soil Erosion Sediment Load Land Degradation Moisture Deficit 
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  • H. M. Rendell
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  1. 1.Geography LaboratoryUniversity of SussexUK

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