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Some Mechanical Properties Of Aggregates Of Top Soils From The IJsselmeer Polders. 1. Undisturbed Soil Aggregates.

A.R. Dexter, B. Kroesbergen, H. Kuipers

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Aggregates were collected from the arable layer at eight sites in the IJsselmeer polders. The compositions of the soils were determined, and measurements were made of porosities, tensile strengths and water stabilities of undisturbed aggregates. Porosity was negatively correlated with the age of the soils since reclamation. Tensile strength of dry aggregates and water stability were both positively correlated with the clay content. The soils had extremely high values of friability. Tensile strength was negatively correlated with porosity. Porosity had no clear influence on water stability. (Abstract retrieved from CAB Abstracts by CABI’s permission)