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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Runoff Inducement in an Arid Region by Removal of Vegetation1


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  1. Vol. 33 No. 5, p. 790-794
    Received: Feb 24, 1969
    Accepted: June 24, 1969

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  1. N. H. Tadmor and
  2. L. Shanan2



Eradication of natural vegetation from runoff plots in a 250-mm isohet region increased annual runoff threefold from 7% to 21% of annual rainfall. The vegetation cover increased the infiltration rates of the loess soil by 40–50%. A “priming” rainfall of 2–4 mm/day was required to cause runoff from both bare and vegetation areas. Interception storage of vegetation was 0.1–0.4 mm.

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