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Agrotechnically Induced Salinization in the Unsaturated Zone of Loessial Soils, N.W. Negev, Israel
Year:
1993
Source of publication :
Ground Water
Authors :
Nadler, Arie
;
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Volume :
31
Co-Authors:

M. Magaritz - The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

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From page:
363
To page:
369
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Total pages:
7
)
Abstract:

Extensive agricultural activity often increases the salt load of the unsaturated zone. The focus of the study was a field investigation of the effects of saline‐water irrigation and gypsum addition in a semiarid region with loessial soils, where intensive evaporation conditions prevail. Using drilling (∼20 m) to obtain sedimentary deposit samples, it was shown that most of the salts added by agricultural activity accumulate in the unsaturated profile. Seventy to ninety percent of SO4−2, Na+, and Cl added are retained in the upper 2–4 meters of the profile after 6 to 12 years of cultivation, regardless of the soil type. The most common accumulating ions are Na+ and SO4−2 that minimize gypsum amendment thereby increasing with time the danger of an irreversible loss of the loessial soil as productive land.

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DOI :
https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-6584.1993.tb01836.x
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Language:
English
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Agrotechnically Induced Salinization in the Unsaturated Zone of Loessial Soils, N.W. Negev, Israel
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M. Magaritz - The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Agrotechnically Induced Salinization in the Unsaturated Zone of Loessial Soils, N.W. Negev, Israel

Extensive agricultural activity often increases the salt load of the unsaturated zone. The focus of the study was a field investigation of the effects of saline‐water irrigation and gypsum addition in a semiarid region with loessial soils, where intensive evaporation conditions prevail. Using drilling (∼20 m) to obtain sedimentary deposit samples, it was shown that most of the salts added by agricultural activity accumulate in the unsaturated profile. Seventy to ninety percent of SO4−2, Na+, and Cl added are retained in the upper 2–4 meters of the profile after 6 to 12 years of cultivation, regardless of the soil type. The most common accumulating ions are Na+ and SO4−2 that minimize gypsum amendment thereby increasing with time the danger of an irreversible loss of the loessial soil as productive land.

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