A Method for Measuring Soil Erosion and Deposition with Beta Particle Attenuation
CitationAlldredge, A. W., & Whicker, F. W. (1972). A method for measuring soil erosion and deposition with beta particle attenuation. Journal of Range Management, 25(5), 393-398.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractA method utilizing beta particle attenuation was developed for measuring soil erosion and deposition in a shortgrass plains ecosystem. This method used a sealed strontium-90 source located below ground level. Soil erosion and deposition was observed by fluctuations in detected count rates using a portable Geiger Mueller counting system. Initial results indicate that quantitative measurement of soil depth fluctuations in amounts considerably less than one millimeter and over a period of a few weeks are possible. Data are presented from application of this method in six soil series under heavy, moderate, and light summer grazing treatments.