Effects of Soil Erosion

Continues for 4 more pages »
Read full document

Effects of Soil Erosion

By | October 2010
Page 1 of 5
Effects of Soil Erosion by Farms on the Environment and Some Solutions Traci Kramer
Harrisburg Area Community College

Table of Contents
Abstract……………………….. Pg 3
Introduction…………………. Pg 4
Causes………………………….. Pg 4-5
Land Affects…………………. Pg 5
Water Affects………………. Pg 5-6
Chemicals…………………….. Pg 6
Lancaster County…………. Pg 6
Prevention…………………… Pg 7
Damage Control…………… Pg 7
Conclusion……………………. Pg 7-8
References…………………… Pg 9

Abstract
This paper will go in depth on soil erosion caused by farms. It will primarily look at how soil erosion from farms can affect the environment. The paper will then go in depth with seven supporting questions which include, what causes erosion, how erosion from runoff affects the land, how it affects watersheds, the chemicals that are caused by erosion, how it affects us locally, ways to prevent it, and ways to clean up what has already been done.

Effects of Erosion on the Environment and Some Solutions
Erosion affects each and every individual all over the world. You may be asking yourself how when you do not farm or have anything to do with farming. Well soil erosion can cause a whole lot of problems not just for farmers but for us as well. The soil gets into our rivers and streams and can end up in our drinking water. It can also cause a decrease in grown food. SO the real question is how does soil erosion affect the environment? Because what affects the environment also affects us. In the United States approximately 90% of all farmland loses topsoil to erosion 17 times faster than it can be replaced (Miller, & Spoolman, 2009). So what causes soil erosion? Soil erosion can be from both nature and man. Some natural ways erosion can be caused include droughts, high winds, large rainfall amounts, flowing water, and soil erodibility. Droughts can cause extremely dry lands which naturally dry out the soil and allows for wind to pick up that soil. Large rainfall amounts can the soil to runoff into streams or other water...
Hide

Rate this document

What do you think about the quality of this document?

Share this document

Let your classmates know about this document and more at Studymode.com