Rock fragments in top soils: significance and processes

J. Poesen, H. Lavee

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This introductory paper reviews various aspects of rock fragments in top soils. Such information is required for various reasons and in particular for predicting the impact of climatic or landuse changes on the response of these soils. Particular attention is paid to the definition and measurement of rock fragment content in top soils, the density of soils containing rock fragments, the spatial distribution and movement of rock fragments in top soils, the effects of rock fragments on some key hydrological processes, thermal properties of top soils, physical soil degradation, soil erosion and soil productivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Sep 1994


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