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Effects of Plants for Gravity Erosion on the Loess Gully Sidewall under Intense Rainfalls

Xingyang Zhao and Xiangzhou Xu
Xingyang Zhao and Xiangzhou Xu
  • Dalian University of Technology, School of Hydraulic Engineering, China (

To study the mechanism of vegetation on gravity erosion may provide the theoretical basis for the design of soil and water conservation on the Loess Plateau, China. This study explores the effects of vegetation on the gravity erosion using the models of loess gully sidewall with the slope degree of 70 ° and height of 1.5 m under series of rainfall simulations, in which vegetational and bare lands were used, respectively. The experimental results are shown as follows: (1) The influence of the vegetation on the total amount of gravity erosion may be ignored. The average amount of gravity erosion for each event of rainfall on the vegetational sidewall was only decreased by 12% compared with that on the bare sidewall. (2) The plant had a positive effect on the mass failures after rainfalls. The ratio of the failure mass volume after rainfall to the total on the planted slope was almost 12%, while the ratio on the bare slope was only 1%. (3) The vegetation on the gully sidewall had different influences on the varied types of gravity erosion. Compared with those on the bare land, the average amounts of the avalanche and mudslide on the vegetational slope was decreased by 72% and 69%, respectively. In the meantime, the average amount of landslide in the vegetational slope was increased by 220% compared with that in bare slope. (4) The effects of vegetation on gravity erosion were caused by several factors. The plant roots may reinforce the soil and reduce the amount of gravity erosion, but the self-gravity of the plant and increase of the permeability on the planted slope might increase the gravity erosion. In addition, the soil permeability was increased by the plant roots, which could intensify the landslides. As a result, the plant practice was preferable for the sidewall vulnerable to mudslide. The results may be referred to analyze the mechanism of gravity erosion and design the control of mass failure.

How to cite: Zhao, X. and Xu, X.: Effects of Plants for Gravity Erosion on the Loess Gully Sidewall under Intense Rainfalls, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-1767,, 2019


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  • AC1: Comment on EGU2020-1767, Xiangzhou Xu, 03 May 2020

    Dear Colleagues,

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