Module 2:
Erosion Fundamentals

Learning Objectives

Construction, Erosion, and Sediment

Pollution Prevention Approach

Types of Water Erosion

Splash Erosion

Sheet Erosion

Rill and Gully Erosion

Streambank Erosion

Shoreline Erosion

Snowmelt Erosion

Erosion Prediction using the Universal Soil Loss Equation

Rainfall Factor (R)

Soil Erodibility Factor (K)

Slope Factors

Cover Management Factor (C)

Conservation Practices Factor (P)

Example 1, Consider a 1 acre area

Example 2, consider 1 acre of bare soil

Impacts of Erosion and Sedimentation

Economic Impacts of Erosion

Environmental Impacts of Erosion

Roadway Impacts of Erosion

Types of Wind Erosion

Suspended Particle Movement

Particle Saltation

Particle Creep

Types of Water Pollutants

Water Pollution by Sediments

Water Pollution by Nutrients

Water Pollution by Bulk Organics

Water Pollution by Halogenated Hydrocarbons

Water Pollution by Metals

Approaches for Reducing Erosion

Surface Stabilization

Sediment Control


Review of Erosion and Vegetation Fundamentals

Testing your knowledge

Question 1


Question 2


Question 3


Question 4


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