Category Archives: Soil pictures

Soils at Imaggeo: Where mineral and biological worlds meet, by Laura Gargiulo

Thin section of a surface sandy soil under cross polarized light showing sand grains and cellular plant material. Imaggeo is the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union.

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Soils at Imaggeo: ‘Lithic Rhodoxeralf’, by Jorge Mataix-Solera

This soil profile is a Lithic Rhodoxeralf (Soil taxonomy), Chromic Luvisol (World Reference Base for Soil Resources), commonly called Terra rossa. The picture was shot in Located in Alicante (SE Spain). Click the picture for more information, contact data and … Continue reading

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Photography as a tool for teaching support in geosciences. An example for soil sciences: the colour of the age

Jorge Mataix-Solera GEA – Grupo de Edafología Ambiental Departamento de Agroquímica y Medio Ambiente. Universidad Miguel Hernández, Elche, Alicante, Spain http://www.jorgemataix.com Teaching in geoscience currently is easier than decades ago. Lots of tools can support the lectures in the classrooms, … Continue reading

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Forest roads and soil erosion

Lorena M. Zavala lorena@us.es University of Seville, Spain Forest roads break the hydrological cycle in hillslopes. Bad management practices enhance the intensity of erosive processes in nearby areas, causing mobilization of sediments, soil sealing and rills, as shown in the … Continue reading

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Urban soil erosion

Paulo Pereira pereiraub@gmail.com Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania Urban soils are subjected to a wide range of impacts, as pollution from air and water discharges and anthropic activity. Normally these soils are composed by garbage and organic residues, construction debris, … Continue reading

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Images of soil erosion

Frans Kwaad, physical geographer Soil erosion is the removal of soil from cultivated land at a rate that is (much) higher than the rate that would occur under the natural vegetation at the considered site. Besides the loss of fertile … Continue reading

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How can soil kill all the fish?

Vanessa Wong Monash University, Victoria, Australia When settlers first arrived in eastern Australia, the large expansive coastal floodplains appeared to have the fertile soils and reliable water sources for successful agriculture. However, the floodplains were often waterlogged and contained excess … Continue reading

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What grows in wetland soil after drought?

Dr Lyndsey Vivian                                                                            … Continue reading

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Impact of erosive processes in mountain areas (Southeastern Spain)

María Burguet Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (IAS-CSIC), Spain The sediment accumulation in the Rules reservoir represents a threat to its useful time. The Granadino (Guadalfeo river) dam was built in 2002, upstream from the reservoir to retain fluvial sediments, as … Continue reading

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Terra rossa

Antonio Jordán University of Sevilla, Spain The term “terra rossa” comes from the Italian for “red soil” or “red earth”. Although terra rossa exists in other places in the world, these soils are common in areas with Mediterranean-type climates: alternation … Continue reading

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