The National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory

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Soil Erosion 

Soil erosion is the detachment and movement of soil particles by the erosive forces of wind or water. Soil detached and transported away from one location is often deposited at some other place. While soil erosion can be controlled, it is almost impossible to completely stop.

*1987 National Resources Inventory, USDA SCS

In 1987, it was estimated that about 3.9 billion metric tons of soil are lost each year through the processes of wind and water erosion. About 70% of the total is eroded from agricultural land.

Types of soil erosion:
natural erosion
accelerated erosion

Soil erosion can be classified into several forms including interrill, rill, sheet, gully and landslides

 


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