No-till practices in vulnerable areas significantly reduce soil erosion — ScienceDaily

Soil erosion is a major challenge in agricultural production. It affects soil quality and carries nutrient sediments that pollute waterways. While soil erosion is a naturally occurring process, agricultural activities such as conventional tilling exacerbate it. Farmers implementing no-till practices can significantly reduce soil erosion rates, a new University of Illinois study shows. Completely shifting […]

European Colonists Dramatically Increased North American Erosion Rates

Everything wears away in time, but human activities like farming can dramatically accelerate natural erosion rates. The arrival of European colonists in North America, for instance, sped up the rate of erosion and river sediment accumulation on the continent by a factor of 10, according to a new study. An international team of […]

Surveys identify relationship between waves, coastal cliff erosion

IMAGE: Scripps Oceanography geomorphologist Adam Young buries wave energy-measuring sensors. view more  Credit: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego researchers have uncovered how rain and waves act on different parts of coastal cliffs. Following three years of cliff surveys in and near the coastal city of Del Mar, Calif., they […]

Evidence from cosmic rays show lift outpaces erosion

An international team, headed by members of the University of Bern, has shown for the first time that the Swiss Alps continue to rise. In the picture: Eiger Mönch and Jungfrau. Credit: Pixabay An international team of geologists, headed by members of the University of Bern, has shown for the first time that the Swiss […]

Using Nuclear Fallout to Measure Soil Erosion in Tunisia

After applying conventional methods to fight soil erosion, Tunisia is using cesium-137 (137Cs) to measure their efficiency. The innovative program is fitting for a country where desertification threatens nearly 52% of land suitable for agriculture, forestry, and pasture farming. “Conventional methods require several field visits and many years of measurements, while the fallout […]