Encyclopedia of Soil Science

2008 Edition
| Editors: Ward Chesworth


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-3995-9_45

Bare ground that has suffered extensive soil and sediment erosion by rain‐wash, such that the land has been carved into an almost impassable surface of ridges, pinnacles, valleys and other shapes (Campbell, 1997). Particularly characteristic of arid and semi‐arid regions. Contemporary erosion rates from about 3 to more than 80 mm per year.


  1. Campbell, I.A., 1997. Badlands and badland gullies. In Thomas, D.S.G., ed., Arid Zone Geomorphology. Chichester: Wiley, pp. 261–291.Google Scholar

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