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Comparison of moisture retention curves for representative basaltic and sedimentary soils in Arizona prepared by two methodsAuthor(s): L. J. Heidmann; Michael G. Harrington; Rudy M. King
Source: Res. Note RM-RN-500. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 4 p.
Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
Station: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
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DescriptionMoisture retention curves were prepared for representative basaltic (silty clay loam) and sedimentary (sandy loam) soils in Arizona by two methods. With the vapor pressure method, small soil samples come into equilibrium moisture content with saturated salt solutions of known water potential. The other method measured the water potential of soil samples directly using thermocouple psychrometers. Both methods produced similar curves for the tine-textured basalt soil. However, the r1 curves for the coarse-textured sedimentary soil were unequal. The vapor pressure method, the simplest, least expensive method for developing moisture retention curves, was reliable only for the fine-textured soil.
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CitationHeidmann, L. J.; Harrington, Michael G.; King, Rudy M. 1990. Comparison of moisture retention curves for representative basaltic and sedimentary soils in Arizona prepared by two methods. Res. Note RM-RN-500. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 4 p.
Keywordsmoisture retention curves, thermocouple psychrometer, vapor pressure, basalt soil, sedimentary soil
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