Fingerlike wetting patterns in two water-repellent loam soils

L.W. Dekker, C.J. Ritsema

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    In soils with fingered flow, surface-applied solutes can reach the groundwater more rapidly than in the case of homogeneous wetting. This study was undertaken to demonstrate the occurrence of finger-like wetting patterns in a silt loam soil and a silty clay loam soil, and to investigate the influence of dry bulk density and water repellency on the observed soil moisture patterns. In both soils, dry bulk density was not a main factor in inducing wet finger-like patterns and high water content variability. Spatial variability of degree and persistence of potential water repellency and, accordingly, of soil water contents were high.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)324-333
    JournalJournal of Environmental Quality
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1995


    • dehydration
    • hydration
    • hydraulic conductivity
    • hygroscopicity
    • infiltration
    • seepage
    • soil


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