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Thirty years of studies on badlands, from physical to vegetational approaches. A succinct review

Updating badlands research

Auteur(s) et Affiliation(s)

GALLART, F.
Surface Hydrology and Erosion Group, IDAEA, CSIC, Barcelona, Espagne
MARIGNANI, M.
Dept. of Life and Environmental Sciences, Botany and Botanical Garden Division, Cagliari, Italie
Surface Hydrology and Erosion Group, IDAEA, CSIC, Barcelona, Espagne
SANTI, E.
Geomorphology Research Group, IRPI, CNR, Perugia, Italie
BIOCONET, Biodiversity and Conservation Network, Dept. of Environmental Science G. Sarfatti, Univ., Siena, Italie
Dept. of Geography, Univ., Zaragoza, Espagne
YAIR, A.
Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem, Israel


Description :
Vegetation was not a subject of research in early papers, which contrasts with the present situation when about 40% of papers published in international journals about badlands address some aspect of vegetation. However, the growth in the attention paid to vegetation and erosion rates was not linked to any increase in papers dealing with badland reclamation. Badlands are now seen as a group of systems with some common features but diverse dynamics, depending mainly on climatic and lithological drivers. More attention should be paid in the future to investigating the evolution of these landforms over time, mostly through modelling studies. Although some badland areas determine on- and off-site environmental issues, others are spots of landscape diversity that merit protection rather than reclamation.


Type de document :
Article de monographie

Source :
Catena (Giessen), issn : 0341-8162, 2013, vol. 106, p. 4-11, nombre de pages : 8, Références bibliographiques : 2 p.

Date :
2013

Editeur :
Pays édition : Allemagne, Cremlingen-Destedt, Catena

Langue :
Anglais
Droits :
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