Effect of peat decomposition on the capillary rise in peat-moorsh soils
 
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Department of Environmental Improvement, Warsaw Agricultural University, Nowoursynowska 166, 02-787 Warsaw, Poland
Acceptance date: 2002-03-25
 
Int. Agrophys. 2002, 16(2): 97–102
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The paper shows the application of the steady state soil moisture flow theory for three different peat-moorsh (Ferric Histosols) soil profiles from the Biebrza River Valley. The unsaturated hydraulic conductivity was determined using the ‘multi-step’ method. The numerical method was used to calculate the height of the capillary rise - pressure head relationship for each profile with several fluxes. The maximum height and intensity of capillary rise in peat-moorsh soil profiles depends on the degree of advance of the moorsh-forming process, as well as the degree of decompositions of peat layers.
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