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Title: Evaporation and the water balance
Authors: Kelliher, Francis M.
Jackson, R.
Sturman, A.P.
Spronken-Smith, R.A.
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: Kelliher, Francis M. and Jackson, Rick (2001) Evaporation and the water balance. In Sturman, A.P. and Spronken-Smith, R. A. (Ed.). The Physical Environment: A New Zealand Perspective (pp. 113-129). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Abstract: In New Zealand most water reaches the land surface as rain. Some rain evaporates after being caught on the surfaces of plants (a process called interception), but the rest reaches the ground and usually soaks into the soil. Water in the soil is extracted by plants through their roots and, after passing through the stems and branches, evaporates through tiny leaf pores known as stomata, in the process called transpiration. Water also evaporates from the moist surface of the soil at a rate determined by energy availability, surface wetness, nature of the vegetation, and the availability of soil water.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
University of Canterbury. Geography
Research Fields: Fields of Research::260000 Earth Sciences
Fields of Research::260000 Earth Sciences::260500 Hydrology
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10092/3770
Rights URI: http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/ir/rights.shtml
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