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A scarcity of water exists, not just within the arid areas of the realm, yet even in a few reasonably humid climates. this example is a final result of water require­ ments for agriculture and in quantities more than the usual surplus. Even in Europe there's elevated nervousness over the nation of water reserves, and shortages are forecast for the close to destiny if keeps to extend. in the past 50 years within the usa, water use has elevated approximately two times as quick because the expense of inhabitants progress, and shortages have already seemed in a few locations. the necessity to preserve declining water assets which has develop into obvious during the last few many years has led a number of investigators to finish that crops with a excessive expense of transpiration endanger water assets, and the expansion of such vegetation must never be inspired. a few imagine that bushes withdraw extra water from the soil than different plant species and evaporate it excessively throughout the stomata of leaves. THORNTHWAITE and HARE (1955) defined transpiration at the similar thermo­ dynamic foundation as evaporation, and calculated its expense, utilizing DALTON'S legislations or adjustments thereof. In spite ofthe many prior and current investigations into the issues of transpiration, the organic elements of this crucial method remains to be poorly understood.

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5 16 --- >- If) 6 ~ 12 -' ~ 28 60 -90 em 24 ...... 16 12 ( III IV V ...... '0--_ , VI Vii MONTHS (1963) -----0 VIII IX Fig. 18. Soil moisture fluctuations in three soil layers: under the forest canopy (solid line) and in the bare area (broken line). Efraim Hills. Aleppo pine. In the hills of Efraim, in a 12-year-old Aleppo pine plantation, the seasonal trends in soil moisture at various depths throughout the rainless period are shown in Fig. 18. 4 mm, the moisture was greater in the treeless area by 4 %for the 0-30 cm layer, by 7 %at 30-60 cm, and 13 %at 60-90 cm.

These superficial roots are fed by dew and mist, which flows along the characteristic fissures and is also absorbed by the roots, and by the stomata of the leaf-like stems. To what extent cacti are able to absorb moisture from the air may be seen from the following experiments: WALTER(1951)kept a cactus shoot for six years in dry soil in indirect sunlight, and it continued to live but lost 1/3 of its original weight. 5 kg during this period. The stomatal apertures of the cacti are closed during the day and open only at night.

In order to compare the absorption and depletion of soil moisture in artificial and natural forests, simultaneous studies of adjacent bare areas of similar topography and soil structure were carried out. These artificial and natural forests grow in dry rocky soil in the hills, or on sterile deep soils in the desert and semidesert, where the root system is far from underground water. In the hills a soil 33 layer of only 15-20 cm covers the bed rock. In the desert the soil was tested to a depth of 240-330 cm (GINDEL, 1961, 1964, 1967).

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