The Grassland Society of Southern Africa (GSSA) is involved and concerned with the science and practice of range and pasture management. This broad field involves primarily the use and conservation of natural resources. It encompasses applied fields such as livestock production, wildlife management, nature conservation, water catchment management and range and mine-dump rehabilitation. The disciplines include, amongst others, ecology, botany zoology, range and pasture science, animal science, soil science and genetics. This collection includes journal articles from the African Journal of Range and Forage Science as well as related articles and reports from throughout the Southern African region.
A rainfall simulation study of soil erosion on rangeland in Swaziland
Rainfall simulation studies on rangeland in the Ntondozi area of Swaziland showed that soil loss decreased exponentially with increasing vegetation cover. Vegetation exerted an important hydrological control by increasing the infiltration capacity of the soil which, in turn, influenced the time to and duration of runoff. The expected effects of vegetation on soil protection and soil strength were not demonstrated. Instead, the amount of soil loss occurring in an individual storm appeared to depend on the supply of loose material on the surface which could be transported by the runoff.
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