Soil Erosion around Buildings, and Its Prevention

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1943/1944
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Masefield,G.B.
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Soil erosion caused by run-off from house compounds and from roofs is a major problem in the densely populated areas of Buganda round Kampala, which are often referred to as the "home counties". In these areas a very ordinary population-rate is about 100 families to the square mile. This means that there is one house compound in every 6t acres, and when it is considered that a single compound can initiate two fair-sized gullies, the potentialities for erosion are seen. Experience over the last few years has, however, taught us various ways of mitigating this menace, many of which have been widely put into practice; and it is thought that they may be of sufficient interest to justify description in this article.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 9 (IX), p. 146-150