Category Archives: The soil under our boots

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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How many years of four-years politics yet?

Antonio Jordán Lorena M. Zavala University of Seville, Spain Recently, we and some members of our research group visited a burned area in Montellano (province of Sevilla, Southern Spain) to plan some field experiments. This area was affected by a … 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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Fire and ants

Paulo Pereira pereiraub@gmail.com Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania Ants are amazing creatures, not only for the recognized work capacity, but also due their great resilience to disturbance. They are considered ecosystem engineers and have an important impact on soil physical … Continue reading

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Can field wetlands trap eroding agricultural soil?

Dr Clare Deasy Senior Research Associate Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University Field wetlands are small constructed wetlands designed to trap eroded soil and associated pollutants from diffuse sources including field surface runoff and runoff from drains and ditches. Data from … 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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Soil survey of the Northern Emirates

Colin Pain and Mahmoud Abdelfattah Environment Agency of the United Arab Emirates For more information: http://www.uaesis.ae The soil survey of the Northern Emirates, United Arab Emirates (UAE) was conducted during 2010 – 2012. The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) … 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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Archaeology and soil science: Green Hills, Australia

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Messy Soil: Spolic Anthroposols

Jess Drake PhD Candidate, The Australian National University One soil that I don’t think we talk about enough are Anthroposols: human modified soils. They are all around us; in our backyards, our cities, on highways, and on mine sites. The properties … Continue reading

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