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soil salinity  


  • Measurement of the quantity of mineral salts found in a soil. Many semi-arid and arid areas are naturally salty. By definition they are areas of substantial water deficit where evapotranspiration exceeds precipitation. Thus, whereas in humid areas there is sufficient water to percolate through the soil and to leach soluble materials from the soil and the rocks into the rivers and hence into the sea, in deserts this is not the case. Salts therefore tend to accumulate.

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  • salinity of soil


  • [source of definition ] GEMET" , "[controlled by ] Tomas Staszevski , 2013-06-08

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  • US LTER controlled vocabulary




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