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Water does not pass from the soil into the sand or gravel until the upper layer is saturated. This could cause root damage. Can Soil Depth Be Changed? Soil depth results from soil weathering in place, with the movement of soil from the top of hills to lower portions, or the transport of soil by water (through erosion) followed by deposition along streams. Some of the deepest soils are found along streams. Soil depth can be increased by putting soil into raised planters or by mounding soil on top of other soil.
This process has been going on from the moment that land masses were uplifted. An example of geologic erosion is the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Accelerated Erosion Man-made erosion is also called "accelerated erosion" as it is more rapid than natural erosion. Changes that man or animals have made to the soil by cultivation, construction, or any movement of earth often result in loss of soil by erosion. 53 54 Handbook of Soils for Landscape Architects TYPES OF ACCELERATED EROSION Accelerated erosion involves raindrop erosion, sheet erosion, surface flow, and landscapes.
Thus, the properties of hydrous oxides require different techniques in soil management. Hydrous oxide clays have a very low capacity to hold nutrients so require continual frequent renewal of nutrients by additions of fertilizers or amendments containing the necessary nutrients for adequate plant growth. The low capacity to hold nutrients also requires careful use of lime, as overliming can easily occur resulting in certain nutrient deficiencies or toxicities. An advantage of hydrous oxides is their ability to be worked shortly after a rain.