Sheet Erosion

Continuing our WWotW erosion identification, we take a look at “Sheet Erosion“.  Sheet erosion is the detachment of particles, usually by raindrop impact, and their removal downslope by water flowing overland in a sheet as opposed to defined channels like a rill.

Sheet erosion usually begins on less severe slopes as water flows over the land evenly carrying sediment particles downslope.  As the flow and slope increase, the sheet will consolidate and begin forming rills and gullies.

Sheet erosion can be easily mediated through the planting of vegetation to hold soils in place and slow the flow of runoff.