Uneven moisture patterns in water repellent soils

L.W. Dekker, C.J. Ritsema

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    Abstract

    In the Netherlands, water-repellent soils are widespread and they often show irregular moisture patterns, which cause accelerated transport of water and solutes to the groundwater and surface water. Under grass cover, spatial variability in soil moisture content is high owing to fingered flow; in arable land, vegetation and microtopography play a dominant role. Examples are given of uneven soil moisture patterns in water-repellent sandy, loam, clay and peat soils with grass cover, and in cropped water-repellent sandy soils. In addition, the influence of fungi on inducing soil moisture patterns is illustrated as well.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)87-99
    JournalGeoderma
    Volume70
    Issue number2/4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1996

    Keywords

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

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