(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Erosion of organic matter from sandy soils : Solving the mass balance

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

KUHN N.J. (1) ; ARMSTRONG E.K. (1) ;
(1) Dep. of Environmental Sciences, Univ., Basel, SUISSE


This study aimed to investigate the erosion of organic matter (OM) from rapid-crusting, sandy soils. Soils from both organically and conventionally farmed land from Shropshire, UK, were exposed to simulated rainfalls differing in both intensity and kinetic energy. The texture and OM content of soil crusts and eroded sediment were analysed. Analysis of crust and sediment texture showed that the interaction between crust development and rainfall erosivity was responsible for the varying OM enrichment. The results also confirmed that, for practical erosion applications, the maintenance of the mass of OM has to be considered. Accordingly, a key requirement for the correct assessment of OM erosion is the proper assessment of the interaction between surface and rainfall over time in each erosion system


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 98 [pp. 87-95]

Bibliographic references : 47 ref.

Collation : 9 fig., 6 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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