Flashcards in How land use can change the water cycle Deck (10)
What percentage of the Amazon rainforest has been deforested?
What happens if deforestation does not cause decreased rainfall via atmospheric feedbacks?
discharge will likely to be increased throughout the entire Amazon
What happens if rainfall does decrease via atmospheric feedbacks?
the resulting decrease in river discharge may be greater than the changes without feedbacks
What does subsurface drainage remove?
Excess water from the soil profile
How is soil drainage carried out?
Through a network of perforated tubes installed 60-120 cm below soil surface
What is soil drainage good for?
Moderately to poorly drained soils
What does the build up of an improved soil structure make?
The soil easier to work and easier to achieve greater root penetration
What does improved aeration increase the rate of?
At which organic matter is broken down into humus and plant nutrients are mineralised into a available form
What does the insertion of drains artificially increase?
The speed of throughflow in the soil, so much more water reaches watercourses quickly increasing chance of flooding