Soil water phenomena of a shortgrass prairie site
This thesis represents an investigation of soil water recharge and depletion phenomena on a shortgrass prairie site in northeastern Colorado. Soil type, grazing intensity, and various topographic variables were all studied to determine their influence on the soil water balance. The soil water balance was subdivided into three periods: recharge due to snowmelt, recharge due to spring rainfall, and growing season depletion. It was estimated that over 60% of the winter precipitation was lost to a combination of evaposublimation and wind transport of snow; it is highly likely that wind-transported ...
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