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Vaezi A, Bahrami H, Sadeghi H, Mahdian M. A New Nomograph for Estimating Erodibility Factor (K) in Some Soils of the Semi-Arid Regions in Northwest of Iran. jwss 2009; 13 (49) :69-80
URL: http://jstnar.iut.ac.ir/article-1-977-en.html
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Proper evaluation of soil erodibility factor is very important in assessment of soil erosion. In this study, soil erodibility factor (K) was assessed in a zone, 900 km2 in area in Hashtrood, located in a semi-arid region in north west of Iran. Soil erodibility factor was measured at the unit plots under natural rainfall events in 36 different lands in the study area from March 2005 to March 2007. Results indicated that the measured soil erodibility factor K is on average 8.77 times lower than the nomograph-based values in the study area. To achieve a new nomograph, correlation between measured soil erodibility and soil physicochemical properties was studied. Based on the results, soil erodibility factor negatively correlated with coarse sand, clay, organic matter, lime, aggregate stability and permeability, while its correlation with very fine sand and silt was positive. Results of principal component analysis of soil properties and multi-regression analysis showed that the soil erodibility factor is significantly (R2 = 0.92, P < 0.001) related to soil permeability, aggregate stability, lime and coarse sand. A new nomograph with a R2 of 92% was developed based on these properties to easily estimate soil erodibility factor in the study area. The soil erodibility factor can be reliably estimated using the nomograph in all regions with the soil and rain properties similar to those in the study area.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Ggeneral
Received: 2010/02/23 | Published: 2009/10/15

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