Infiltration and Percolation

  • E. M. Wilson


When rain falls upon the ground it first of all wets the vegetation or the bare soil. When the surface cover is completely wet, subsequent rain must either penetrate the surface layers if the surface is permeable, or run off the surface towards a stream channel if the surface is impermeable.


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© E. M. Wilson 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. M. Wilson
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  1. 1.University of SalfordUK

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