Ephemeral Gully Erosion
Frans J.P.M. Kwaad,
Pictures of soil erosion
erosion control in Europe
costs of soil erosion
In this website a series of
photo's of ephemeral gullies is shown from South Limbourg, the
Netherlands, an area with an undulating topography and loess soils.
Ephemeral gullies are a form
of soil erosion. The gullies are very much
deep. They are formed during heavy rainfall, mostly on fallow arable
land. They tend not to go deeper than the
tilled layer. They are removed by normal tillage. Hence, the name
ephemeral gullies (= short lived, temporary, transient, transitory). For a
detailed discussion of ephemeral
gullies and the difference with other forms of soil erosion (rill
erosion, classical gully erosion) see Foster
(1986) Understanding ephemeral gully erosion.
gully head viewed in a downslope direction.
View upslope of an ephemeral gully.