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Subsurface Lateral Flow in Texture-Contrast (Duplex) Soils and Catchments with Shallow Bedrock


Hardie, MA and Doyle, RB and Cotching, WE and Lisson, S, Subsurface Lateral Flow in Texture-Contrast (Duplex) Soils and Catchments with Shallow Bedrock, Applied and Environmental Soil Science, 2012 Article 861358. ISSN 1687-7667 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1155/2012/861358


Development-perched watertables and subsurface lateral flows in texture-contrast soils (duplex) are commonly believed to occur as a consequence of the hydraulic discontinuity between the A and B soil horizons. However, in catchments containing shallow bedrock, subsurface lateral flows result from a combination of preferential flow from the soil surface to the soil—bedrock interface, undulations in the bedrock topography, lateral flow through macropore networks at the soil—bedrock interface, and the influence of antecedent soil moisture on macropore connectivity. Review of literature indicates that some of these processes may also be involved in the development of subsurface lateral flow in texture contrast soils. However, the extent to which these mechanisms can be applied to texture contrast soils requires further field studies. Improved process understanding is required for modelling subsurface lateral flows in order to improve the management of waterlogging, drainage, salinity, and offsite agrochemicals movement.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Soil sciences
Research Field:Soil physics
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial systems and management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hardie, MA (Mr Marcus Hardie)
UTAS Author:Doyle, RB (Associate Professor Richard Doyle)
UTAS Author:Cotching, WE (Dr Bill Cotching)
UTAS Author:Lisson, S (Dr Shaun Lisson)
ID Code:57891
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2009-08-21
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