Latest Universal Soil Loss Equation Stories

2007-01-19 15:24:55

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There is a dark side to even the humble raindrop. A single drop is harmless, but when billions of raindrops from a cloudburst fall on bare soil they strike like billions of tiny hammers, dislodging tons of soil per acre which is carried away by surface runoff. This process, called splash erosion, is of critical importance to agriculture. It is the initial stage of water erosion, which causes an estimated $27 billion in on-site economic losses in the United States annually....

2006-12-01 17:45:00

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Mother Nature may be a force, but nothing like humans when it comes to causing erosion, says a Syracuse University scientist. Humans cause erosion at a rate 10 to 15 times faster than any natural process, according to new research by Bruce Wilkinson, a sedimentary geologist. Scientists have long identified humans as the primary agents altering the shape of the Earth's surface. Wilkinson said his study gauged the rate of man-made erosion and compared the speeds and...

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'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'