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A Rapid Method for Assessing Rates of Soil Erosion from Rangeland: An Example from BotswanaThe erosion of rangeland soils is a widespread problem in Africa. Yet, there are few methods for estimating its rate. Using data from 2 catchments in Botswana, a technique for estimating erosion and sediment yield is demonstrated. It involves low level photographic sampling of vegetation cover, kriging to interpolate percentage cover from sample points, and the application of a simplified soil loss estimation procedure called SLEMSA. This modelling approach gives gross soil loss and allows the estimation of sediment yield. It is easy and cheap to apply and gave results in line with field experience.