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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

A Cumulative Mass Coordinate to Determine Water Profile Changes in Variable Volume Soil1


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  1. Vol. 51 No. 4, p. 850-854
    Received: Jan 21, 1986

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  1. D. McGarry and
  2. K. W. J. Malafant2



A method for calculating changes in soil water of variable volume soil using a cumulative mass coordinate is demonstrated. Water content on a mass basis is plotted against mass per unit area of soil solids rather than against depth, lines are fitted, and changes in soil water in zones of gain or loss are calculated from areas between lines. A second method is presented that assesses the need for the cumulative mass coordinate by demonstrating its relation to profile depth. Application of the methods is demonstrated through a worked example using field data taken from an experiment on a Typic Pellustert (Australia).

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