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Variability of topsoil hydraulic conductivity along the hillslope transects delineated in four areas strongly affected by soil erosion

Published Online: 21 May 2021
Volume & Issue: Volume 69 (2021) - Issue 2 (June 2021)
Page range: 220 - 231
Received: 04 Feb 2021
Accepted: 29 Mar 2021
Journal Details
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28 Mar 2009
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4 times per year

Soil hydraulic conductivities of topsoils were studied at 5 points of the hillslope transects delineated at 4 geomorphologically diverse areas, where the original soil types (Chernozem, Luvisol and two Cambisols) were due to erosion transformed into different soil unites. Hydraulic conductivities of saturated soils and for a pressure head of –2 cm were measured directly in the field using a Guelph permeameter (Ks,GP) and mini disk tension infiltrometer (Kh=–2,MDI), and in the laboratory using a multistep outflow method (Ks,MSO, Kh= –2,MSO). While Ks,GPKs,MSO in the Chernozem and Cambisol (sandy loam) regions, and Ks,GP < Ks,MSO in the Luvisol and Cambisol (loam) regions. The Ks values obtained using different methods showed different trends along the hillslope transects. The Kh= –2 values obtained using different methods showed similar trends along the transects in the Chernozem and Luvisol regions. These trends could be explained by the position within the transects (i.e., different stages of erosion/accumulation processes). No relationships were found between the Kh=–2 values in the Cambisol regions. The pressure head at an inflection point of the a soil-water retention curve was the main parameter, which appeared to associate (negative correlation) with Kh=–2 and Ks,MSO in the Chernozem and Luvisol regions.


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