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https://doi.org/10.5194/se-9-745-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-9-745-2018
Research article
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13 Jun 2018
Research article |  | 13 Jun 2018

Assessment of soil erosion vulnerability in the heavily populated and ecologically fragile communities in Motozintla de Mendoza, Chiapas, Mexico

Selene B. González-Morales, Alex Mayer, and Neptalí Ramírez-Marcial

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Physical aspects and knowledge of soil erosion in six rural communities in Chiapas, Mexico, were assessed. Average erosion rates estimated using the RUSLE model ranged from 200 to 1200 ha−1 yr−1. Most erosion rates were relatively high due to steep slopes, sandy soils, and bare land cover. The results of a knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) survey showed that some communities with high erosion rates also had less knowledge of and more negative attitudes towards soil erosion management.