Abstract: LandslidesarecommonintheNorthernApennines(Italy)andtheirresultingchangesinsoil structure affect edaphic fauna biodiversity, whose activity has concurrent impacts on soil structural stability and water-holding capacity. The aim of this study was to characterise landslide evolution andassesspotentialrelationshipsbetweenitshydrogeologicalfeaturesandsoilfauna. Thelandforms of the study area, located in the River Taro valley, were mapped and the hydraulic head fluctuations and groundwater electrical conductivity profiles were measured. The soil arthropod community was studied in seven sites, one subject to earth flow and six to rotational slide; the last ones were divided into the main scarp of the slide, and five sites characterized by different land use: three grassland, awheatcultivatedfieldandanovergrownarea. Soilorganicmatter(SOM)andpHmeasurementswere performed. Hydrogeological results suggest unexpected rapid percolation of relatively low-salinity waters through the unsaturated zone. Both lower SOM content and arthropod biodiversity were found in earth flow area, while higher values were found in grasslands. Fauna composition appears to be a good indicator of soil degradation processes, linked to the hydraulic features, and contributes to the evaluation of the soil condition in landslide areas for further agricultural purposes.

Hydrodynamic and Soil Biodiversity Characterization in an Active Landslide / Remelli, Sara; Petrella, Emma; Chelli, Alessandro; Conti, Federica Delia; LOZANO FONDON, Carlos; Celico, Fulvio; Francese, Roberto; Menta, Cristina. - In: WATER. - ISSN 2073-4441. - 11:9(2019), pp. 1-15. [10.3390/w11091882]

Hydrodynamic and Soil Biodiversity Characterization in an Active Landslide

Sara Remelli;Emma Petrella;Alessandro Chelli;Federica Delia Conti;Carlos Lozano Fondón;Fulvio Celico;Roberto Francese;Cristina Menta
2019-01-01

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Abstract: LandslidesarecommonintheNorthernApennines(Italy)andtheirresultingchangesinsoil structure affect edaphic fauna biodiversity, whose activity has concurrent impacts on soil structural stability and water-holding capacity. The aim of this study was to characterise landslide evolution andassesspotentialrelationshipsbetweenitshydrogeologicalfeaturesandsoilfauna. Thelandforms of the study area, located in the River Taro valley, were mapped and the hydraulic head fluctuations and groundwater electrical conductivity profiles were measured. The soil arthropod community was studied in seven sites, one subject to earth flow and six to rotational slide; the last ones were divided into the main scarp of the slide, and five sites characterized by different land use: three grassland, awheatcultivatedfieldandanovergrownarea. Soilorganicmatter(SOM)andpHmeasurementswere performed. Hydrogeological results suggest unexpected rapid percolation of relatively low-salinity waters through the unsaturated zone. Both lower SOM content and arthropod biodiversity were found in earth flow area, while higher values were found in grasslands. Fauna composition appears to be a good indicator of soil degradation processes, linked to the hydraulic features, and contributes to the evaluation of the soil condition in landslide areas for further agricultural purposes.
Hydrodynamic and Soil Biodiversity Characterization in an Active Landslide / Remelli, Sara; Petrella, Emma; Chelli, Alessandro; Conti, Federica Delia; LOZANO FONDON, Carlos; Celico, Fulvio; Francese, Roberto; Menta, Cristina. - In: WATER. - ISSN 2073-4441. - 11:9(2019), pp. 1-15. [10.3390/w11091882]
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