Articles | Volume 20, issue 1
Review article
15 Jan 2016
Review article |  | 15 Jan 2016

Soil–aquifer phenomena affecting groundwater under vertisols: a review

D. Kurtzman, S. Baram, and O. Dahan


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (11 Dec 2015) by Marnik Vanclooster
AR by Daniel Kurtzman on behalf of the Authors (13 Dec 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (15 Dec 2015) by Marnik Vanclooster
Short summary
Vertisols are cracking clayey, arable soils that often overlay groundwater reservoirs. The soil cracks enable flow that bypasses soil blocks, which results in both relatively fresh recharge of the underlying groundwater and contamination with reactive contaminants. These special phenomena, as well as unique mechanism of salinization after cultivation and relative resilience to contamination by nitrate typical to groundwater under vertisols, are reviewed in this study.