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Intensification of agriculture is now recognized as often having a detrimental effect on soil, not least the widespread development of compaction. The worst effects of surface compaction can be rectified relatively easily by cultivation, but once subsoil compaction occurs, it can be extremely difficult and expensive to alleviate. It is now clear that the detrimental effects of subsoil compaction go far beyond agricultural concerns of a decrease in yield and increase in management costs. Environmental impacts include increased erosion risk, accelerated runoff and increased pollution. A preliminary attempt to assess the susceptibility of subsoils in Europe to compaction is presented here in the context of soil sealing. The resulting distribution is only the first stage in assessing the vulnerability of subsoils in Europe to compaction.

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Authors: JONES R J A, JRC, EI, Soil and Waste Unit, Ispra (IT);MONTANARELLA L, JRC, EI, Soil and Waste Unit, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: The INCO-COPERNICUS Project on Subsoil Compaction: 3rd Workshop. Held in: Busteni (RO), 14-19 June 2001
Record Number: 200113902 / Last updated on: 2001-10-22
Original language: en
Available languages: en