MadSci Network: Agricultural Sciences

Re: 'how much water do diffrent soil samples absorb?'

Date: Wed Nov 29 15:38:15 2000
Posted By: Charles McClaugherty, Faculty, Environmental Science (Ecology), Mount Union College
Area of science: Agricultural Sciences
ID: 972502136.Ag

The amount of water a soil can absorb depends on:
the amount of water already in the soil and the texture of the soil.  In 
addition organic matter can increase soil water holding capacity.
Clay soils can hold the greatest amount of water but they hold some of it 
too tightly for plants.  In a clay, 30 cm depth of soil could absorb 10 cm 
of precipitation.  Sand holds much less with 30 cm of sand holding only 3 
cm of precipitation

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