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Soil Erosion

Sandy soilErosion is the removal of soil particles by the forces of wind and water. Wind and water erosion can threaten the long-term productivity of soils through the loss of valuable, nutrient-rich topsoil. Erosion occurs naturally, but some land use practices can accelerate its rate. Soil erosion is estimated to reduce annual net profits by an average of $12 per cropped hectare. Where soils are deep enough, topsoil can be rebuilt, but only at a very slow rate (generally much slower than the rate of soil erosion).

Department of the Environment. State of the Environment Report, Terrestrial Ecosystems. Edmonton: n.p., 2001. With permission from Alberta Environment.

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