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Formation of non-wettable soils...involves heat transfer mechanismAuthor(s): Leonardo F. Debano
Source: Res. Note PSW-RN-132. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 8 p
Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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DescriptionAfter a wiIdfire, some brushland soils in southern California have been found to include a non-wettable layer. This formation may be the result of hydrophobic material volatilizing and later condensing. In burning experiments, hydrophobic substances from ceanothus litter and non-wettable soil were moved downward into an underlying wettable sand by temperature gradients. The wettable sand acquired a marked resistance to wetting after the burning treatment.
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CitationDebano, Leonardo F. 1966. Formation of non-wettable soils...involves heat transfer mechanism. Res. Note PSW-RN-132. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 8 p
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