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Book: Field Soil Water Regime
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    SSSA Special Publication 5.
    Field Soil Water Regime

    R.R. Bruce (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-900-8

     

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doi:10.2136/sssaspecpub5.c1

Soil Moisture Regimes and Their Use in Soil Taxonomies1

  1. Guy D. Smith2

Abstract

Wet soils have been distinguished from well-drained ones since men began to farm. Since V. V. Dokuchaiev pointed out that soils are natural bodies and can be classified as such, soil taxonomists have made the same distinction. Similarly taxonomists have distinguished what G. N. Coffey called “arid soils” from others. But most taxonomists have used accessory properties not the moisture per se to make the distinctions. Since 1960, there has been a slowly growing trend to use the soil moisture regime itself to define taxa.

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