Encyclopedia of Soil Science

2008 Edition
| Editors: Ward Chesworth

Contour

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-3995-9_130

The line along which the land surface is at a constant height above a datum level (sea level being the usual datum used on topographic maps. Contour ploughing (or contouring) is the ploughing of land along contour lines in order to minimize soil erosion, and the implement used is a contour‐plow. Contouring is far more effective in low‐rainfall areas than in high‐rainfall areas.

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