Soil variability in mountain areas

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Zanini, Ermanno ; Freppaz, Michele ; Stanchi, Silvia ; Bonifacio, Eleonora ; Egli, Markus (2015)
  • Publisher: FAO
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.5167/uzh-120443
  • Subject: Institute of Geography | 910 Geography & travel

The high spatial variability of soils is a relevant issue at local and global scales, and determines the complexity of soil ecosystem functions and services. This variability derives from strong dependencies of soil ecosystems on parent materials, climate, relief and biosphere, including human impact. Although present in all environments, the interactions of soils with these forming factors are particularly striking in mountain areas.
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