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2013-11-04 16:02:16

Great civilizations have fallen because they failed to prevent the degradation of the soils on which they were founded. The modern world could suffer the same fate. This is according to Professor Mary Scholes and Dr Bob Scholes who have published a paper in top scientific journal, Science, which describes how the productivity of many lands has been dramatically reduced as a result of soil erosion, accumulation of salinity, and nutrient depletion. “Cultivating soil continuously for too...

Plant Production Could Drop As Climate Change Affects Soil Nutrients
2013-10-31 15:27:06

Northern Arizona University As drylands of the world become even drier, water will not be the only resource in short supply. Levels of nutrients in the soil will likely be affected, and their imbalance could affect the lives of one-fifth of the world’s population. That includes people living in Arizona, who may be in for a dustier future. The findings are presented in a study published in Nature that details how soil changes may occur and discusses the implications. Co-author...

Dryland Soil Nutrients Will Be Disrupted Due To Warming Climate
2013-10-31 08:11:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A landmark study conducted by an international collaboration of scientists reveals that an increasing aridity due to global warming will disrupt the balance of nutrients in the soil and cause a reduction of productivity in the world's drylands. The study, published in Nature, investigated 224 dryland sites in 16 countries on every continent except Antarctica. University of New South Wales Adjunct Professor David Eldridge studied...

2013-10-30 23:35:05

Getting the lead out - MT2 implements firing range improvements to improve officer safety and protect the environment. Denver, CO (PRWEB) October 30, 2013 MT2, LLC (MT2), national leader in providing Environmental Firing Range Services and exclusive provider of ECOBOND Lead Treatment Technologies, announced today that it has successfully completed another round of range maintenance and improvement tasks at the North Las Vegas Police Department (Department) Firing Range in support of the...

New Study Challenges Soil Testing For Potassium And The Fertilizer Value Of Potassium Chloride
2013-10-28 15:49:59

University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences In the chemical age of agriculture that began in the 1960s, potassium chloride (KCl), the common salt often referred to as potash, is widely used as a major fertilizer in the Corn Belt without regard to the huge soil reserves that were once recognized for their fundamental importance to soil fertility. Three University of Illinois soil scientists have serious concerns with the current approach to potassium...

2013-10-18 23:24:43

In response to an article published by HortiDaily, Advancing Eco Agriculture, a regenerative agriculture products and services company, discusses the role worms play in soil improvement. Middlefield, OH (PRWEB) October 18, 2013 Advancing Eco Agriculture, the leading provider of regenerative agriculture systems, discusses an innovative way for growers to improve soil quality. According to an October 8, 2013 article published by HortiDaily, titled “Chile: Worms to improve soil...

2013-10-18 23:04:59

Research-grade Soil Moisture Smart Sensors are now CE Compliant, enabling them to be sold to the European market. Bourne, MA (PRWEB) October 18, 2013 Onset (http://www.onsetcomp.com), a world leader in data loggers and weather stations, today announced that the company’s research-grade Soil Moisture Smart Sensors are now CE Compliant. This enables the sensors to be sold to the European market, as they now meet the 2013 update to the requirements as defined in EN 61326-1: 2013. The 10HS...

2013-10-17 23:33:57

In response to an article published by The Hindu, Advancing Eco Agriculture, a regenerative agriculture products and services company, discusses the elevated acidity levels found in India’s farmland soils and the function of mineral nutrition in rebuilding soil health. Middlefield, OH (PRWEB) October 17, 2013 Advancing Eco Agriculture, the leading provider of regenerative agriculture systems, discusses a new study that found elevated acidification in India’s farmland soils. According...


Latest Soil Reference Libraries

Sheet Mulching
2013-08-05 12:36:35

Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening, is the process of turning barren ground into a more nourishing garden without digging. It is a layered system that can be used for a yard garden or a topical box garden. Starting at the bottom is a weed proof barrier, like newspaper or cardboard. On top of that is a twelve-inch layer of compost or mulch material such as old clothes, yard clippings, and manure, which provides for nutrient rich soil. Weed-free soil is added prior to planting the desired...

Desertification
2013-04-02 09:46:56

Desertification is a form of land degradation in which a comparatively dry land area becomes more and more arid, normally losing its bodies of water along with its wildlife and vegetation. This is a result of a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. Desertification is an important global, ecological, and environmental issue. There is substantial controversy over the proper definition of the term “desertification”. The most broadly accepted of these is that of...

Land Degradation
2013-04-02 09:20:15

Land degradation is a process in which the value of the biophysical environment is affected by one or more combination of human-induced processes acting on the land. It is also the gradual destruction or reduction of the quality and quantity of human activities, animal activities or natural means. It is viewed as any change or disturbance to the land perceived to be deleterious or unwanted. Natural hazards are not included in the causes; however, human activities can indirectly affect...

Erosion
2013-04-01 12:48:39

Erosion is the process by which rock and soil are taken from the surface of the Earth by exogenetic processes like wind or the flow of water, and then transported and deposited in another location. While erosion is a natural process, human activities have increased by 10 to 40 times the rate at which erosion is happening globally. Excessive erosion results in problems such as desertification, decreases in agricultural productivity because of land degradation, sedimentation of waterways,...

Soil Salinity
2013-04-01 11:15:13

Soil salinity is the salt content within the soil; the process of increasing the content of salt is known as salination. Salt is a natural element of water and soils. Salination can be a result of natural processes such as the gradual withdrawal of an ocean or mineral weathering. It can be caused by artificial processes such as irrigation as well. Soils that are affected by salt are a result of excess accumulation of salts, normally most obvious at the surface of the soil. Salts can be...

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