Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2001, Vol. 11 ›› Issue (1): 53-70.

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Soil erosion and management on the Loess Plateau

CAI Qiang-guo   

  1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2000-06-12 Revised:2000-10-20 Online:2001-01-25 Published:2001-01-25
  • Supported by:

    Natural Sciences Foundation of China, No.49871053; Innovation Project IGSNRR, CAS, o.CXIOG-A00-05-02


The Loess Plateau is well known to the world for its intense soil erosion. The root cause for river sedimentation of Yellow River (Huanghe) and its resultant "hanging river" in certain section is soil and water loss on the Loess Plateau. The Loess Plateau has a long cultivation history, hence population growth, vegetation degeneration and plugging constitute the chief reason for serious soil and water loss on Loess Plateau. This paper analyses several successful cases and failures in soil conservation, presents practical soil conservation technique and related benefit analysis, and discusses some effective methods adopted in China in soil erosion control, research directions and future perspectives on Loess Plateau.

Key words: soil erosion, control technique, management, Loess Plateau

CLC Number: 

  • S157.2