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Green Term Defined: Erosion

Erosion is the removal of soil and rock by water from one location to another. Erosion is also when wind moves soil from one location to another.

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Erosion is a natural process, although human activity can have an increased impact on the rate at which is occurs. Excessive erosion impacts soil quality, stream and river issues, and airborne dust pollution.

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The most effective method to prevent erosion is vegetative cover. Other strategies that work are limiting livestock from walking into streams and rivers, terracing, windbreaks, stream restoration, and crop rotation.

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