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  1. Vol. 19 No. 1, p. 81-83
     
    Received: Aug 16, 1954


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doi:10.2136/sssaj1955.03615995001900010020x

The Field Maximum Moisture Content1

  1. Charles A. Carlson and
  2. R. S. Pierce2

Abstract

Abstract

The field maximum moisture content is defined as the naturally occurring wet limit of a soil or soil layer in its natural position. Values were obtained by selecting recurring peak values from daily records of soil-moisture content. For most soils the values tended to coincide with the 0.06 atmosphere soil-moisture tension values of core samples. In poorly drained soils the field maximum approached the total pore volume. The field maximum helps characterize the full range of naturally occurring soil-moisture content.

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