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Resilience of red ferralitic soils in the karst regions of Mayabeque Province, Cuba

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doi: 10.1002/ldr.3192
Authors:Febles-González, José M.; Febles-Díaz, J.M.; Amaral-Sobrinho, Nelson Moura B.; Tolón-Becerra, Alfredo; Lastra-Bravo, Xavier; Botta, Guido F.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
University of Havana, Centro de Investigaciones Marinas, Havana, Cuba
Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Universidad de Almeria, Spain
Universidad Central del Ecuador, Ecuador
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Volume Title:Land Degradation & Development
Source:Land Degradation & Development, 30(1), p.109-116. Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Sussex, United Kingdom. ISSN: 1085-3278
Publication Date:2019
Note:In English. 41 refs.; illus., incl. 4 tables, sketch maps
Summary:There is an ongoing global debate on soil degradation, its magnitude and agro-environmental impact, where long-term experimentation provides quantitative criteria for its capacity for restauration with rational use and management. In this context, research in the last 30 years has confirmed that the resilience of Red Ferralitic soils in the karst regions of western Cuba is a multifactorial process, conditioned not only by the intrinsic properties of the soil surface and use conditions but also dependent on geological-geomorphological and use conditions. This study determined the capacity of Red Ferralitic soils for blocking karst-erosion to be a period of 50 years in the San Jose de Las Lajas polje. They would recover, but depending on the amount of limestone impurities, it would take from 100 to 600 years. In any case, there are very few similar studies, not only because of the time necessary to achieve reliable results but also because in the case of karst ecosystems, they are subjected to constant disturbances impeding resilience research. Abstract Copyright (2019), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Subjects:Degradation; Dolines; Ecosystems; Erodibility; Ferralsols; Karst; Land use; Poljes; Regional planning; Soils; Solution features; Antilles; Caribbean region; Cuba; Greater Antilles; West Indies; Mayabeque Cuba; San Jose de Las Lajas Cuba
Coordinates:N225700 N230200 W0820700 W0821400
Record ID:846932-11
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, United Kingdom
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