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    Author(s): H. G. Wilm
    Date: 1941
    Source: Transactions, American Geophysical Union. 22: 678-685.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    The measurement of infiltration has, in recent years, assumed increasing importance as a means of estimating the relative absorptive capacities of soils under different vegetal types or kinds of land use. The utility of infiltration-criteria rests partly on the assumption that surface-runoff in any appreciable volume is deleterious and that it results in movement of soil and in excessive peak-rates of stream-flow. Based on this assumption, a land-use providing maximum infiltration-capacities may be considered optimum for retention and storage of precipitation. In hydrologic investigations, too, a knowledge of relative infiltration-indices may assist greatly in the synthesis of hydrographs, or in the estimation of expected rates of flood-flow in streams. In watershed-management studies, infiltration-indices obtained for soils under several types of plant-cover and land-use are helpful in providing a basis for judgement as to the optimum watershed-conditions for water-yield and erosion-control.

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    Wilm, H. G. 1941. Methods for the measurement of infiltration. Transactions, American Geophysical Union. 22: 678-685.


    infiltration, soils, land use, surface runoff, stream flow, watershed management

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