What is Soil Erosion?
Soil erosion is one form of soil degradation. Soil erosion is a naturally occurring process on all land. The agents of soil erosion are water and wind. Each contributes a significant amount of soil loss each year. Soil erosion may be a slow process that continues relatively unnoticed. So it may occur at an alarming rate causing serious loss of topsoil.
The loss of soil from farmland may be reflected in reduced crop production potential. This is because of lower surface water quality and damaged drainage networks. Soil erosion is no laughing matter. Damages can cost you thousands. Take matters into your own hands with Daniel Dean.
Damages Are Increasing Daily
While erosion is a natural process, human activities have increased by 10-40 times the rate at which erosion is occurring globally. Excessive (or accelerated) erosion causes both “on-site” and “off-site” problems.
On-site impacts include decreases in agricultural productivity and (on natural landscapes) ecological collapse, both because of loss of the nutrient-rich upper soil layers. In some cases, the eventual end result is desertification.
Further Damage Can Occur
Off-site effects include sedimentation of waterways and eutrophication of water bodies. as well as sediment-related damage to roads and houses. Water and wind erosion are the two primary causes of land degradation. Combined, they are responsible for about 84% of the global extent of degraded land. This makes excessive erosion one of the most significant environmental problems world-wide.
Intensive agriculture, deforestation, roads, anthropogenic climate change and urban sprawl are amongst the most significant human activities in regard to their effect on stimulating erosion. However, there are many prevention and remediation practices that can curtail or limit erosion of vulnerable soils.
Intensive soil erosion can cause things like the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Soil erosion is not something to take lightly nor is it a joke. Choose Daniel Dean with over 30 years of experience.
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