Encyclopedia of Soil Science

2008 Edition
| Editors: Ward Chesworth


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-3995-9_494

The water that drains directly from the surface of land after a precipitation event, without soaking into the soil. It is a major factor in the erosion of soil, and in the contamination of waterways with agricultural chemicals.


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