The effect of soil erosion can be partitioned into costs to the actual site where erosion takes place and costs off site where sediment contributes to water quality problems. The on-site costs can include loss in production potential due to deterioration in soil physical and chemical properties such as infiltration rate, water holding capacity, loss of nutrients needed for crop production, and loss of soil carbon. This article focuses on the effect of soil erosion on productivity, particularly on yield.
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Al-Kaisi, Mahdi, "Soil erosion and crop productivity: topsoil thickness" (2001). Integrated Crop Management News. 1897.
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