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  1. Vol. 53 No. 5, p. 1475-1478
    Received: Jan 21, 1988

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Water Table Fluctuation in Representative Immokalee and Zolfo Soils of Florida

  1. Adam G. Hyde and
  2. Richard D. Ford
  1. USDA-Soil Conservation Service, 401 S.E. First Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601
    USDA-Soil Conservation Service, 1090 U.S. Highway 17 South, Bartow, FL 33830



Depth and duration of the seasonal high water table in soils are important factors affecting land use. Most water-table statements are based on soil properties and field observations; very few long-term measurements have been recorded. This study was conducted to determine how well current water-table statements agree with the actual data on the representative Immokalee (sandy, siliceous, hyperthermic Arenic Haplaquod) and Zolfo (sandy, siliceous, hyperthermic Grossarenic Entic Haplohumod) soils. The water table depths were measured approximately every 2 wk from 1977 to 1986. Rainfall was also measured. Water-table statements can be improved with long-term data on key soils. Long periods of more than two consecutive years have high-water tables below that given in the water-table statements used in this study. Short-term measurements taken during these long periods of low water tables could be misleading.

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