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1 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion C-Change in GEES Human Pressures on the Environment Session 2 Session 2: Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion

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4 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Session Outline The Fundamentals of Erosion Causes of Erosion Management of Erosion (Agriculture)

5 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Displacement / down-slope transport (exception biogenic erosion) of particles, solid material (sediments, rock, mud, soil, snow, dust) Transport following gravity or by agents such as, wind, water, ice Erosion

6 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Material: Weathered Transportable Mode of transport: Water Wind Gravity Fundamentals of Erosion Geological exfoliation of granite dome rock in the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Texas, USA.

7 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion A prerequisite to erosion – produces the material for transportation Chemical weathering Dissolution Hydration Hydrolysis Oxidation Biological Carbonation Physical and Chemical Weathering Physical (mechanical) weathering Thermal expansion Freeze thaw weathering Pressure release Hydraulic action Salt-crystal growth (haloclasty) Biological Weathering

8 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Carbonation CO 2 + H 2 O → H 2 CO 3 (carbonic acid) H 2 CO 3 + CaCO 3 → Ca(HCO 3 ) 2 Chemical Weathering Change in the composition and form of rocks through chemical reaction Carbonation: atmospheric carbon dioxide is dissolved in rainwater to create carbonic acid, which reacts with calcium carbonate Other gases also dissolve in water to produce acid solutions which react with rock minerals (nitrous oxides → nitric acid) (sulphur dioxide → sulphur trioxide → sulphuric acid) 2NO 2 + H 2 O → HNO 2 + HNO 3 (nitric acid) 2SO 2 + O 2 → 2SO 3 SO 3 + H 2 O → H 2 SO 4 (sulphuric acid)

9 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion CaCO 3 + 2H + + SO 4 2- → CaSO 4 + CO 2 + H 2 O CaCO 3 + 2H + + 2NO 3 - → Ca(NO 3 ) 2 + CO 2 + H 2 O Chemical Weathering In aqueous solution, the acid dissociates into a H + cation and a conjugate anion Nucleophilic anion replaces the carbonate

10 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Hydrolysis is decomposition (usually of silicate minerals) in reaction with water Mg 2 SiO 4 + 4H + + 4OH - → 2Mg OH - + H 4 SiO Hydration is the addition of the entire water molecule to the mineral structure – commonly occurs in clays Oxidation is the bonding of oxygen, dissolved in surface water, to the metallic elements of the minerals Chemical Weathering Fe 2 SiO 4 + 2H 2 CO 3 + 2H 2 O → 2Fe OH - + H 4 SiO 4 + 2HCO 3 - 4Fe HCO O 2 + 4H 2 O → 2Fe 2 O 3 + 8H 2 CO 3

11 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Processes by which weathered material is transported Gravity erosion Water erosion Wind erosion Ice erosion Transport

12 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Gravity-driven mass movement of rocks, sediments, soil Shear stress (exerted by weight of material under gravity) > Shear strength Gravity is the vertical component of a downslope force Importance of slope angle Sometimes very slow (e.g. surface creeping) Sometimes very fast (e.g. rockfall, landslides) Gravity Erosion

13 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Solifluction: Soil flow as a slow downslope movement of water-saturated debris 0.9 cm yr -1 on gentle slopes, cm yr -1 on steeper slopes Gelifluction: Downslope flow of soil in association with ground ice Occurs in periglacial environments (no percolation of water because of the permafrost) After melting of ice, ice lenses provide lubricant to cause downslope flow. Gravity Erosion Surface Creeping Solifluction slopes in Alaska

14 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Detachment and airborne movement of small soil particles Caused by the impact of raindrops falling on open soil Initial precipitation fills pore spaces in the surface soil and loosens particles, subsequent rain drops hit loose particles and splash them away Raindrop dislodges soil particles, makes them more susceptible to movement by overland water flow Loosened particles that are not washed away can form a muddy slick that clogs pores in the ground surface Sealed surface further reduces infiltration and increases runoff Water Erosion Splash Erosion

15 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Removal of a uniform layer of soil from the land surface It is a result of rain splash followed by runoff Water moves as broad sheets over the land and is not confined to small depressions in the soil. Sheets of water carrying sediment particles can have substantial erosive force Potential for sheet erosion depends on: soil type, velocity, and quantity of flow over the surface Difficult to detect until it becomes rill erosion Water Erosion Forms Sheet Erosion

16 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Development of small grooves spaced fairly uniformly along the slope Caused when runoff is heavy and water concentrates in rivulets Individual rills range in depth and width up to several inches and reflect a tremendous loss of soil If rilling is not corrected, it will develop into gullies. Water Erosion Forms Rill Erosion

17 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Occurs in both intermittent and permanent waterways and streams Three causes of channel erosion are: Increased runoff Removal of natural vegetation along the waterway Channel alterations resulting from construction activities It includes both stream bank and stream bed erosion. Water Erosion Forms Channel/Gully Erosion

18 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Soil moved by air - similar to water erosion Fine particles are moved easily, if as small as clay and silt, they can become airborne Sand particles between 0.1 and 1 mm move by saltating (jumping) over the ground, like a sheet. Heavier particles move by rolling. Unlike water, wind can move soil over very large distances of thousands of kilometres and over seas to other countries. It can move soil up-hill Wind Erosion

19 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Travel length dependent on particle size Finest clay particles are transported furthest – dust clouds – inter continental (Sahara sands in central Europe) The amount of soil moved must not be underestimated, and once in motion, and the air heavy with dust, its erosive power increases. Wind Erosion

20 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion During the 1930s, a prolonged period of low precipitation/drought culminated in dust storms and soil destruction of disastrous proportions. The "black blizzards" of the resulting Dust Bowl have been called the greatest US environmental disaster of the 20 th century. A major reason for dust bowl development was the unsustainable development of agricultural practice in the Great Plains. Apart from the catastrophic environmental impact the economic implications were huge (loss of most fertile soil). Wind Erosion The Dust Bowl Disaster

21 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Anthropogenic Impacts: Vibrations from machinery or traffic Blasting Earthwork altering the shape of a slope or imposing new loads on an existing slope Loss of slope stability by removal of vegetation, deep roots Construction, agricultural, or forestry activities which change the amount of water infiltrating into the soil (Semi) Natural causes: Erosion of the toe of a slope by rivers or ocean waves Weakening of a slope through saturation (snowmelt, glacier melt, rain) Earthquakes adding loads to barely-stable slopes Volcanic eruptions Groundwater pressure acting to destabilize the slope Causes of Erosion

22 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Rainfall: Amount, intensity, and frequency – due to high soil moisture and saturated conditions during periods of frequent rainfall, a greater percentage of the rainfall will become runoff Temperature: Frozen soil is highly resistant to erosion, rapid thawing of the soil surface brought on by warm rains can lead to serious erosion. Erosion intensity dependent on type of precipitation – e.g. falling snow does not erode, however, heavy snow melts in the spring can cause considerable runoff damage. Influences the amount of organic matter that collects on the ground surface and incorporates with the topsoil layer. Organic matter protects the soil by shielding it from the impact of falling rain and soaking up rainfall that would otherwise become runoff. Warmer climates - thinner organic cover on the soil. Climatic Factors

23 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Most important physical factor influencing soil erosion Vegetation cover shields the soil from the impact of raindrops, binds soil together, making it more resistant to runoff A vegetative cover stops wind erosions, provides organic matter, slows runoff, and filters sediment A dense, robust cover of vegetation is one of the best protections against soil erosion. Vegetation

24 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Erodibility influenced by texture (size or combination of sizes of the individual soil particles), structure and cohesion Silt rich soils are most susceptible to erosion from wind and water Clay or sand-sized particles are less prone to erosion. Structure influences both the ability of the soil to absorb water and its physical resistance to erosion. Cohesion refers to the binding force between soil particles and influences the structure. When moist, the individual soil particles in a cohesive soil cling together to form a doughy consistency. Clay soils are very cohesive, while sand soils are not. Soil Characteristics USDA

25 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Slope length, steepness and roughness affect erodibility. Generally, the longer the slope, the greater the potential for erosion. The greatest erosion potential is at the base of the slope, where runoff velocity is greatest and runoff concentrates. Slope steepness, along with surface roughness, and the amount and intensity of rainfall control the speed at which runoff flows down a slope. The steeper the slope, the faster the water will flow. The faster it flows, the more likely it will cause erosion and increase sedimentation. Slope Characteristics Waltham, T., (2009) Foundations of Engineering Geology. 3rd edition, Spon: London.

26 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Damage from erosion and sediment results in loss of fertile top soil clogged ditches, culverts, and storm sewers that increase flooding muddy or turbid streams damaged plant and animal life filled-in ponds, lakes, and reservoirs damaged aquatic habitats and reduced recreational value and use structural damage to buildings, roads, and other structures Physical Impacts of Erosion Sediment-laden water pours into the northern Gulf of Mexico from the Atchafalaya River. Image taken by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

27 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion US: 4.5 billion tons of sediment pollution to the rivers each year This is the equivalent to a volume the size of 25,000 football fields, 100 feet high. It is estimated that 6-13 billion dollars per year are spent in the U.S. to correct the effects of erosion and sediment pollution. On Site Damages Aerial photograph showing the delivery of sediment by the River Rhône into Lake Geneva

28 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Mainly by sediment inputs when the detached particles generated by erosion are deposited elsewhere on the land or in lakes, streams and wetlands Substantial sediment inputs from agricultural areas into freshwater systems cause eutrophication, oxygen stress and ecological deterioration Off Site Damages Eutrophication in the Caspian Sea

29 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Riparian fencing: protecting slopes from cattle trampling – allows vegetation to regrow Shelter belts and grassed waterways : vegetation growth at field boundaries Spaced tree planting: roots hold soil and cycle nutrients Reduced tillage: tilling only the areas that matter while minimally disturbing the soil. Tilling between furrows. Stubble-mulching: leaving stubble on the field as long as possible to reduce evaporation and keep the soil covered. Stubble has to be mulched rather than ploughed. Contour ploughing: works a bit like terracing, preventing moisture from running down-hill and reducing erosion considerably. Terracing: extensively practised in padiculture – drastic erosion management measure Reduced compaction: using machinery and technology that spreads its weight over a larger area. Optimal fertilising: avoiding degradation of soil from over-fertilising Erosion Management

30 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Erosion Management: Agriculture Stubble-mulching: leaving stubble on the field as long as possible to reduce evaporation and keep the soil covered – important for the prevention of wind erosion, particularly common in US Great Plains.

31 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Erosion Management: Agriculture Contour ploughing: Ruts made by the plough run perpendicular rather than parallel to slopes. The rows formed slow water run-off during rainstorms to prevent soil erosion and allows the water time to settle into the soil.

32 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Erosion Management: Agriculture Terraced land around Konso in Southern Ethiopia Terracing: This form of land use is prevalent in many countries, and is used for crops requiring a lot of water, such as rice. Terraces are also easier for both mechanical and manual sowing and harvesting than a steep slope would be.

33 Dr Stefan Krause, Keele University, C-Change in GEES: Human Pressures on the Environment – Mass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Session Summary Erosion involves two processes: weathering and transport Climate (particularly precipitation) is an important factor in both - climate extremes increase erosion Problem of global scale, particularly in the context of growing population and food demand Agricultural methods can be employed to manage, and reduce the impact of, erosion

34 This resource was created by the University of Keele and released as an open educational resource through the 'C-change in GEES' project exploring the open licensing of climate change and sustainability resources in the Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. The C-change in GEES project was funded by HEFCE as part of the JISC/HE Academy UKOER programme and coordinated by the GEES Subject Centre. This resource is licensed under the terms of the Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/).http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ However the resource, where specified below, contains other 3rd party materials under their own licenses. The licenses and attributions are outlined below: 1.The name of the University of Keele and its logos are unregistered trade marks of the University. The University reserves all rights to these items beyond their inclusion in these CC resources. 2.The JISC logo, the C-change logo and the logo of the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for the Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences are licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution -non-commercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK England & Wales license. All reproductions must comply with the terms of that license

35 AuthorDr Stefan Krause Stephen Whitfield Institute – OwnerKeele University, School of Physical and Geographical Sciences TitleMass Movement, Weathering and Erosion Powerpoint Presentation Date CreatedJanuary 2010 DescriptionMass Movement, Weathering and Erosion – Powerpoint Presentation – Part Two of Human Pressures on the Environment Educational Level1 Keywords (Primary keywords – UKOER & GEESOER) UKOER, GEESOER, Weathering, Erosion, Management Creative Commons LicenseAttribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales Item Metadata


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