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Design and Operation of Gravity or Surface Systems (Chapter 13)

Hart, W.E. and Collins, H.G. and Woodward, G. and Humpherys, A.S. (1980) Design and Operation of Gravity or Surface Systems (Chapter 13). In: Jensen, M.E., (ed.) Design and Operation of Farm Irrigation Systems. ASAE Monograph, No. 3. pp. 501-580.

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Surface irrigation uses open channel flow to spread water over a field.
The driving force in such systems is gravity and hence the alternate term,
gravity flooding. Once distributed over the surface of the field and after it has
entered the soil, water is often redistributed by forces other than gravity.
Surface irrigation systems generally require a smaller initial investment
than do other types of irrigation systems. However, this is not always the
case, especially if extensive land forming is needed for an efficient system. In
fact, the need for extensive land forming is one of the main reasons why other
types of irrigation systems have been developed.

Item Type: Book Section
NWISRL Publication Number: 0473
Additional Information: Reprinted with minor revisions, 9/81
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Depositing User: Dan Stieneke
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:55
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2017 18:50
Item ID: 762