Want to prevent erosion in soil

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steve walton
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Soil erosion continues to be a major threat in many regions of the world
despite decades of focused scientific research and societal concern. In the
2015 Status of the World’s Soil Resources Report (FAO and ITPS, 2015), soil
erosion was judged to be the number one threat to soil functions in five of
seven regions (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Near East and North Africa, and
North America); in the first four of those regions, the trend for erosion was
deteriorating. Only in Europe, North America and the Southwest Pacific was
the trend in erosion deemed to be improving.

The volume of research on soil erosion has continued to grow over time–
according to the Web of Science database, there was more literature
published on soil erosion in the last three years (7 348 articles between 2016
and 2018) than in all of the twentieth century (5 698 articles between 1931
and 1999) (Web of Science, 2019). This tremendous volume of research has
firmly established many of the key elements of erosional processes and their
control that now provide the base for further erosion research; however,
some important aspects remain controversial or little understood.

The purpose of this volume is both to review the well-accepted foundation
of information about erosion and to highlight the areas where agreement is
less firmly established. An overarching goal is to examine why, after decades
of research and program implementation, soil erosion remains the number
one threat to soil functioning in so many areas of the world. Boardman (2006)
posed several key questions about erosion science, and these questions
remain relevant for erosion research today and into the future.