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Physical properties of peats as related to degree of decompositionAuthor(s): D.H. Boelter
Source: Soil Science Society of America Proceedings. 33: 606-609.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionImportant physical characteristics, such as water retention, water yield coefficient, and hydraulic conductivity, vary greatly for representative northern Minnesota peat materials. The differences are related to the degree of decomposition, which largely determines the porosity and pore size distribution. Fiber content (> 0.1 mm) and bulk density are properties often measured to indicate the degree of decomposition of peat materials and are criteria used to distinguish fibric, hemic, and sapic peat types.
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CitationBoelter, D.H. 1969. Physical properties of peats as related to degree of decomposition. Soil Science Society of America Proceedings. 33: 606-609.
Keywordsfiber content, bulk density of peats, classification of peats, organic soils
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