Soil structure and associated rooting behavior in minesoils.

K. McSweeney, I. J. Jansen

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Four soil pits were excavated, exposing root systems of the corn test crop. Detailed soil and root pattern descriptions were made for each pit. Plant rooting was distinctly more profuse where an open structure was present than where the soil material was massive and compact. Operations using a mining wheel in combination with belt transportation favor the formation of the more desirable fritted structure, whereas operations using scrapers exclusively favor the formation of the less desirable massive physical condition. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-612
Number of pages6
JournalSoil Science Society of America Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science


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