alexa Abstract | Effect of Slope Shape on Soil Erosion
ISSN: 2165-784X

Journal of Civil & Environmental Engineering
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Why do most natural slopes have curvilinear rather than planar profiles? What slope shape is best suited for minimizing erosion losses …. convex, concave, compound (convex-concave), or planar (uniform)? Why are most man-made slopes constructed with planar surfaces and uniform gradients? These are not trivial questions - perhaps no other variable affects the stability of slopes with regard to both surficial erosion and mass wasting as does topography or slope morphology. Topographic parameters normally considered in estimating soil erosion losses include inclination and length of slope. Surprisingly, slope shape is seldom if ever considered. Conceptual and mathematical models, as well as the results of laboratory tests and field observations, can be used to determine the effect of slope shape on both mass stability and resistance to rainfall erosion.

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Author(s): Donald Gray

Keywords

Soil Contamination, Building Material, Soil Moisture, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Impact, Environmental Issues, Water Resource, Material Engineering, Pollution Control, Water Quality, Transport Engineering, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Environmental sustainability, Computation Fluid Dynamics, Geotechnical Engineering, Evapotranspiration, Foundation, Soil Contamination, Building Material, Soil Moisture, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Impact, Environmental Issues, Water Resource, Material Engineering, Pollution Control, Water Quality, Transport Engineering, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Environmental sustainability, Computation Fluid Dynamics, Geotechnical Engineering, Evapotranspiration, Foundation

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