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Effect of soils, vegetation and land use on infiltration in a tropical semi-arid catchment

Effect of soils, vegetation and land use on infiltration in a tropical semi-arid catchment

East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal 57(3/4): 177-185

The influence of soil type, vegetation and land use on infiltration rate into soils of the semi-arid Sirima and Mukogodo catchments in Laikipia District, Kenya, was investigated during the dry and wet seasons by a double cylinder infiltrometer. Infiltration rates significantly differed between soils and sites in both areas, and were highest under tree/bush, intermediate on open grass and lowest on bare ground. Cultivation temporarily increased infiltration above that of tree/bush sites.

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