Grassland Soil Erosion Of Grasslands

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Environmental Science Professor Delia Comeau Case Study: Grassland Soil Erosion Overgrazing of grasslands is an issue occurring in many areas around the nation. In fact, it is the leading cause of all soil degradation, being responsible for more than 30 percent (Withgott & Lapostata, 2014, p. 222). Overgrazing has many consequences: land degradation; poor soil quality; invasive species of weeds and plants; 1loss in biodiversity; increased flooding prevalence and increased magnitude; even a possible contribution to climate change (Withgott & Lapostata, 2014, p. 229; Hogan, 2010). When faced with 500,000 acres of public land that are enduring these issues, many steps need to be taken in order to determine the future of the land and if grazing will be allowed to continue. One of the main ways of helping determine the future use of the land is in the soil quality. By observing the soil color, pH, texture, and structure, the proper means of restoration and conservation can be better determined. There are many aspects soil that can be observed and measured in order to determine the quality of the lands condition. One property of soil that can be looked at is the color. 2Soil color can determine its composition and fertility. Soil that is pale in color usually suggest low organic contents and even leaching, while soil that is dark browns and black in color often suggest higher organic content and richness (Withgott & Lapostata, 2014, p. 220). Soil pH is another property that helps
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