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Precipitation (meteorology)

Lentz, R.D. (1995) Precipitation (meteorology). In: McGraw Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology - 1996. pp. 271-274. McGraw-Hill Inc., New York.

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Abstract

Precipitation sustains nearly all terrestrial plants and animals: both rain-fed and irrigated agriculture depend on an appropriate amount and distribution of annual rain and snowfall. Precipitation also initiates important hydrological processes. such as infiltration. recharge, runoff, and erosion. Although these processes support natural plant communities and make agriculture possible, they may facilitate development of serious environmental problems, such as the contamination of surface waters with excess sediment, nutrients, and natural and manufactured chemicals and the adulteration of ground water via soil transport of surface-applied compounds. Understanding how precipitation may vary in the landscape permits identification of areas of high impact, better focusing of management efforts, maximization of agricultural productivity, and minimization of potentially adverse environmental hazards.

Item Type: Book Section
NWISRL Publication Number: 0893
Subjects: Mass Import - unclassified
Depositing User: Michelle Wayment
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:55
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2016 23:34
Item ID: 794
URI: https://eprints.nwisrl.ars.usda.gov/id/eprint/794

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