By Donald L. Sparks
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As described in Minasny et al. (2008), landscape evolution models simulate the downslope transport of sediment with the help of the following simple continuity equation, which describes diffusive-like transport: qs ¼ 2Krz (20) where qs is the sediment flux, which is proportional to the slope rz, K is an equivalent to a diffusion coefficient with dimensions (length)2 (time)21, and z is the elevation. The simplest model simulating soil formation in the landscape implements the change in elevation (soil thickness) as a function of material transport (sediment flux): @z (21) ¼ 2rqs @t where z is the elevation (L), t is the time (T), qs is the material flux (L3 T21), and r is a partial derivative vector.
5 mm yr21 and are very similar to mixing rates recorded for ants, termites, and earthworms. (2) Soil mixing rates (1) Chemical weathering rates 0 2 4 6 8 Rates in (mm yr–1) 10 12 Figure 8 A comparison of soil mixing rates and chemical weathering; the line in the middle of the boxes refers to the median of the distribution. 33 Advances in Agronomy Quantifying Processes of Pedogenesis (7) Soil creep, solifluction (6) Rain splash (5) Vertebrates (4) Termites (3) Earthworms (2) Cicades (1) Ants 0 2 4 6 8 Soil mixing rates (mm yr–1) 10 12 Figure 9 Box plot distributions of soil mixing rates from field data (presented in Table A3).
To predict the development of soils over time quantitatively, the mass balance model estimates the flow of water through the soil and the uptake of nutrients from the soil. The soil profile development model consists of three parts, the weathering profile, the inorganic profile, and the organic profile. Kirkby’s soil profile model is based on the accumulated amount of “soil deficit,” w, which represents the amount of parent rock converted into a soil mantle: N ð W ¼ ð12PÞdz (26) z¼0 where P is the proportion of bedrock remaining in the soil profile (unweathered rock) and z is the depth below the soil surface.