Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 68, Issue 3, pp 633–639

Soil conservation and sustainable eco-environment in the Loess Plateau of China

Original Article


The Loess Plateau is well known to the world because of its thick loess and severe soil erosion. Loess is a highly erosion-prone soil that is considerably susceptible to water erosion. The Loess Plateau also has a long cultivation history, hence population growth, vegetation degeneration serious soil and water loss were obviously problems on Loess Plateau. This article analyzes several strategies of soil and water conservation on the Loess Plateau, such as terracing, planting trees, natural vegetation rehabilitation and construction of warp land dams. Different periods had different strategies of soil and water conservation and each strategy had its characteristics and effects. Finally, the research directions and future perspectives of the Loess Plateau were discussed, including the strategies of sustainable eco-environment of Loess Plateau in China.


Soil erosion Soil conservation Sustainable eco-environment Loess Plateau 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhou Ping
    • 1
  • Wen Anbang
    • 1
  • Zhang Xinbao
    • 1
  • He Xiubin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Water ResourcesThe Key Laboratory of Mountain Surface Processes and Ecological RegulationChengduChina

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