Articles | Volume 2, issue 1
SOIL, 2, 63–70, 2016
SOIL, 2, 63–70, 2016

Original research article 12 Feb 2016

Original research article | 12 Feb 2016

Effects of land use changes on the dynamics of selected soil properties in northeast Wellega, Ethiopia

Alemayehu Adugna and Assefa Abegaz

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Angassa, A.: Effects of grazing intensity and bush encroachment on herbaceous species and rangeland condition in Southern Ethiopia, Land Degrad. Dev., 25, 438–451, 2014.
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Assefa, A. and van Keulen, H.: Modeling soil nutrient dynamics under alternative farm management practices in the Northern Highlands of Ethiopia, Soil Till. Res., 103, 203–215, 2009.
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The purpose of our study was to explore the effects of land use changes on the dynamics of soil properties and their implications for land degradation. The result indicates that cultivated land has a lower organic matter, total nitrogen, cation exchange capacity, pH, and exchangeable Ca2+ and Mg2+ contents than forestland and grazing land.