Articles | Volume 20, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1–12, 2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1–12, 2016

Review article 15 Jan 2016

Review article | 15 Jan 2016

Soil–aquifer phenomena affecting groundwater under vertisols: a review

D. Kurtzman et al.

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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.