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VZJ Research Highlights

7/21/2017

 

Soils and the groundwater are increasingly contaminated by agrochemicals (such as fertilizers, pesticides), heavy metals, pathogenic microbes, hormones and pharmaceuticals from...

6/19/2017

 

Soil compaction is a global threat to soil ecosystem services, causing tremendous costs to society. The costs of soil compaction are borne by the cumulative loss of soil...

5/26/2017

 

Understanding the cycle of nitrogen and carbon in water ecosystems is critical to estimating human impacts on these cycles. Although water ecosystems are capable of recycling...

4/5/2017

 

Preferential flow is broadly defined as the channeling of water and solutes through a small fraction of the pore space in the vadose zone. Among other consequences, preferential...

3/13/2017

 

Hydropedology explores the potential of combining the expertise of soil physicists and pedologists. Soil physics describes physical processes in the soil, with particular attention...

2/3/2017

 

The December 2016 issue of Vadose Zone Journal contains a review of soil and landscape evolution—the bio-hydrological processes during the initial development phases...

1/2/2017

 

Peatlands are important storage locations for soil carbon and sinks for carbon dioxide. Peat is a type of soil that is primarily composed of partially decomposed plant residuals...

10/26/2016

The Critical Zone is defined as the layer of the land surface that extends from the bottom of the weathering zone (above fresh bedrock) to the top of the vegetation canopy. This layer that ranges...

10/7/2016

Most of the carbon dioxide (CO2) fluxes leaving the soil surface originate from the shallow subsurface soil layer. These fluxes come from root and microbial respiration. However, recent...

9/6/2016

Water in the unsaturated vadose zone has an important function for many aspects of life. It is particularly important for plants’ growth and serves as a buffer for movement of pollutants...

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