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By W. Ehlers, M. Goss

Whereas there are lots of books to be had on plant food and body structure and others on soil physics and hydrology, there are few that mix those topics in a single quantity. This booklet goals to fill this hole within the literature via supplying an built-in method of water dynamics in plant and crop construction. it's partially a translation of an prior paintings in German by means of Dr Ehlers, which has been up-to-date and improved to incorporate extra foreign examples.

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A second reason for the larger flow velocity is the fact that the water molecules will not move forward in the soil from point P1 to point P2 in form of a straight line. Instead they have to flow around the mineral and organic solid particles. That causes the actual distance of water movement to be tortuous, and hence longer than the linear distance measured between P1 and P2. Water Storage and Movement in Soil 33 Fig. 3. Hydraulic conductivity functions for a sandy loam, a silt loam and a clay loam soil.

The reciprocal (R) is the electrical resistance (ohm = volt ampere–1). 3) The potential difference (V) is the driving force for the electric current (I) that is conducted. e. a metallic wire. R will increase with the length and will decrease with the crosssectional area of the wire. It will also depend on the specific resistance, which is a constant for the metal concerned. In the earlier example with soil water, it is the difference in potential of the water (a property of intensity) that causes an amount of water (a property of capacity) to flow from the sandy to the clayey soil.

5°C. The high energy input is required to increase the degree of freedom between water molecules that are interlinked by hydrogen bonds. The propensity for hydrogen bonding is an important property causing the large specific heat of water and is one of the main reasons why wet soils warm slowly under the radiant energy of the sun in spring. It also helps to explain how plants are protected from overheating. The heat of vaporization for water is also large because of the requirement to overcome the strength of the hydrogen bonding between water molecules.

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