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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Soil Water Movement as Affected by Deep Freezing1


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  1. Vol. 33 No. 3, p. 333-337
    Received: Nov 12, 1968
    Accepted: Jan 1, 1969

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  1. Richard S. Sartz2



Knowledge of water movement into and through frozen soils is needed for studying the hydrologic behavior of northern watersheds. Soil water was logged by the neutron method in both sandy and silty soils over four winters in southwestern Wisconsin. Bonded frost depth, which ranged from 8 to 120 cm at maximum penetration, was measured concurrently by frost probe or resistance blocks. Changes in soil water took place throughout much of the frost season, even with deep soil frost. One series of data showed that water may infiltrate and percolate through more than 60 cm of hard-frozen ground. However, frozen ground did impede percolation, causing a buildup of water in the frozen zone during spring melt. Although neutron readings increased at upper levels during the frost season, most of the increases could not be accounted for by decreases at lower levels. Thus, they appeared to result more from infiltration than from upward migration as reported by others.

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