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The Influence of Soil Crusts on Heat and Water Storage, Chapter 5

Cary, J.W. and Evans, D.D. (1974) The Influence of Soil Crusts on Heat and Water Storage, Chapter 5. In: Soil Crusts. University of Arizona Technical Bulletin No. 214. pp. 45-54.

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There is a continuous exchange of water, air, and heat between the soil and atmosphere. This has a
profound influence on weather, plant growth, and ground water storage. Increased advective energy
transport and air turbulence are often consequences of heat exchanged between the soil and the
atmosphere. The release of heat from a firmly packed soil which makes crop plants less apt to be frozen
than those growing on a loose, recently cultivated soil is another example. The interchange of water
between soil and atmosphere also profoundly affects our environment. If water reaches the soil surface
faster than it can be absorbed, runoff and flooding occur. Water absorption by the soil is a basic
requirement for ground water recharge and, consequently, necessary for the continued flow of all springs
and wells. Taken from this veiwpoint, the exchange of heat and water through soil crusts is of quite
general interest.

Item Type: Technical Bulletin
NWISRL Publication Number: 0191
Additional Information: See NWISRL Publication #203
Subjects: Soil
Mass Import - autoclassified (may be erroneous)
Depositing User: Dan Stieneke
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:58
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 16:45
Item ID: 1199