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dc.contributor.author Shikangalah, Rosemary N.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-10T11:40:38Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-10T11:40:38Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Shikangalah, R.N. (2017). Soil loss estimation in a semi-arid mountainous cathment environment, City of Windhoek, Namibia. Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, 6(1), 209-222. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2026-7215
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/2014
dc.description.abstract More than half of the global population currently lives in urbanised areas. Consequently, a significant vegetation cover is continuously cleared as cities grow. Where surface grounds are not covered by impermeable surfaces, open soil is eroded by runoff, putting several ecological systems at risk of degradation. This study aimed at investigating the problem of soil loss in Windhoek. High amounts of soil loss are found in very low income settlements compared to high income areas. More soil loss is also found on medium slopes despite the fact that many eroded features are on gentle slopes. Grass cover plays a major role in the magnitude of soil loss. These findings are expected to be of particular interest to land managers in their bid to reduce potential environmental degradation, and also city planners, while they attempt to integrate control measures into the city’s development. Any effort towards soil conservation would be highly significant, as the loss of topsoil is currently a great concern in the city. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.subject Soil loss en_US
dc.subject Mountainous catchment en_US
dc.title Soil loss estimation in a semi-arid mountainous cathment environment, City of Windhoek, Namibia en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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