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Soils of mountainous landscapes


Egli, Markus; Poulenard, Jérôme (2017). Soils of mountainous landscapes. In: Richardson, Douglas; Castree, Noel; Goodchild, Michael F; Kobayashi, Audrey; Liu, Weidong; Marston, Richard A. International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc., Epub ahead of print.

Abstract

Unlike many other soils, mountain soils often are subjected to strong hillslope processes that distinctly affect their properties. At unstable sites, erosion and other mass movements lead to a continuous rejuvenation of the soil. Under such circumstances weathering rates are kept at high levels, as new parent material is intermittently exposed, leading to the development of a shallow soil cover. Mountain soils are highly dynamic systems that may react sensitively to environmental changes. In addition, they may accumulate a substantial amount of organic carbon. However, the sometimes high C stocks are under threat due to the changing climate and increasing land-use pressures.

Abstract

Unlike many other soils, mountain soils often are subjected to strong hillslope processes that distinctly affect their properties. At unstable sites, erosion and other mass movements lead to a continuous rejuvenation of the soil. Under such circumstances weathering rates are kept at high levels, as new parent material is intermittently exposed, leading to the development of a shallow soil cover. Mountain soils are highly dynamic systems that may react sensitively to environmental changes. In addition, they may accumulate a substantial amount of organic carbon. However, the sometimes high C stocks are under threat due to the changing climate and increasing land-use pressures.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:14 Feb 2017 13:05
Last Modified:03 Jun 2017 12:40
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Number:15
ISBN:978-0-470-65963-2
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0197
Related URLs:http://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod010813172 (Library Catalogue)

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