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Soil Erosion and Conservation


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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface ix

1 Soil erosion: the global context 1

Box 1. Erosion, population and food supply 9

2 Processes and mechanics of erosion 11

Box 2. Initiation of soil particle movement 42

3 Factors influencing erosion 45

Box 3. Scale and erosion processes 65

4 Erosion hazard assessment 67

Box 4. Upscaling detailed field surveys to national surveys 93

5 Measurement of soil erosion 95

Box 5. Sediment budgets 113

6 Modelling soil erosion 116

Box 6. Uncertainty in model predictions 149

7 Strategies for erosion control 152

Box 7. Planning a soil conservation strategy 172

8 Crop and vegetation management 175

Box 8. Selecting vegetation for erosion control 197

9 Soil management 200

Box 9. Tillage erosion 210

10 Mechanical methods of erosion control 212

Box 10. Laying out terraces and waterways 241

11 Implementation 244

Box 11. Land Care 254

12 The way ahead 257

References 262

Acknowledgements 297

Index 299

About the Author

Roy Morgan is Emeritus Professor in Soil Erosion Control in the National Soil Resources Institute (NSRI), Cranfield University, UK. He is a founder member and past President of the European Society for Soil Conservation and, before retirement, was the Deputy Director of NSRI. He has some 35 years’ experience in lecturing, research and consultancy on soil erosion, with particular interests in erosion assessment, erosion modelling and the use of vegetation in soil protection. His work has taken him to many countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe and has involved the design of soil protection measures on farmland, road banks and pipeline corridors.


"Overall, this is a well written and logically structured book that will be of great value to advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying soil erosion issues."
Teaching Earth Sciences
"...a key text in its field providing us with considerable substance to understand and teach this topic."
TENews, 14 June 2005
"...builds on the success of the two previous successful editions. These have long been the mainstay for students of soil erosion and conservation. The Book states, 'a thorough understanding of the processes of erosion and their controlling factors is a prerequisite for designing erosion control measures on a sound scientific basis wherever they are needed. The aim of producing a text with a global perspective on research and practice is also retained"...) The book does admirably achieve its mission and is written in a clear and comprehensible style."
European Society for Soil Conservation Newsletter, August 2005
"...an...admirable text built on the author's 35 years of research and teaching. The book is intended for both undergraduates and postgraduates studying soil erosion and conservation as parts of courses in agriculture, engineering and various branches of geography and environmental science. It is likely also to remain a valuable companion for them as they move into professional roles as conservation officers, civil and agricultural engineers and environmental consultants the world over. If you fall into any of these classess then buy it...I strongly recommend it."
European Journal of Soil Science, November 2005
"The book is clearly organized and well-written...The material helps both students and practitioners to learn and enhance their knowledge on erosion control and soil conservation practice...this is a fine book that can only be recommended further."
Environmental Geology, June 2006
"The third edition of this internationally recognized textbook will be invaluable to upper-level and graduate students."
Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment
"Professor Roy Morgan's third edition of Soil Erosion and Conservation is an authoritative, well-researched and accessible contribution to the study of soil erosion and its control."
Environmental Conservation

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