Determination of Waxes Causing Water Repellency in Sandy Soils
Water repellency in soils was first recognised and described by Schreiner and Shorey (1910) in California. The phenomenon was investigated by Jamison (1946, 1947) in Californian citrus groves, and found to be a surface property caused by organic matter coating the soil particles. The condition appeared to be built up over time as a result of the presence of the citrus trees in this case. Water repellency in soils occurs in both the USA and Australia over large areas (Bond 1969), and is known in other countries as well.
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