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  1. Vol. 41 No. 3, p. 610-612
    Received: Sept 30, 1976
    Accepted: Jan 14, 1977

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Use of a Versatile Experimental System for Soil Erosion Studies1

  1. P. H. Walker,
  2. J. Hutka,
  3. A. J. Moss and
  4. P. I. A. Kinnell2



A laboratory facility for the study of soil erosion is described. Rainfall from a modular system supplied raindrops at near terminal velocity to prepared soil beds set in a flume with slope adjustable up to 30%. A comparison was made of erosion under overland flow alone and storm rains of the same intensity (discharge), but different energy levels. Raindrop impact in runoff flow was a powerful agency in promoting soil transport and inhibiting rill formation. Bed-load movement was important in the transport of sand grains, even where the runoff was disturbed by raindrops.

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