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SOIL MOISTURE RELATIONS UNDER GRASSLAND AND UNDER WOODLAND IN THE RHODESIAN HIGHVELD

R. M. STRANG
The Commonwealth Forestry Review
Vol. 48, No. 1 (135) (March 1969), pp. 26-40
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42603723
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

A comparative study of seasonal soil moisture changes under grassland, thicket and woodland is described from four sites near Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia. Both gravimetric and electrical resistance measurements were used. Evidence for the period May 1964 until December 1965 showed that the soils were dried to wilting point soon after the end of the rainy season, that there was a slightly greater withdrawal of moisture under a Hyparrhenia cover than under woodland and that moisture losses below wilting point continued throughout the dry season until the onset of the next rains.

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