Articles | Volume 21, issue 3
Research article
24 Mar 2017
Research article |  | 24 Mar 2017

Soil water migration in the unsaturated zone of semiarid region in China from isotope evidence

Yonggang Yang and Bojie Fu


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by Editor) (13 Feb 2017) by Bill X. Hu
AR by yonggang yang on behalf of the Authors (19 Feb 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (20 Feb 2017) by Bill X. Hu
Short summary
This paper investigates soil water migration processes in the Loess Plateau using isotopes. The soil water migration is dominated by piston-type flow, but rarely preferential flow. Soil water from the soil lay (20–40 cm) contributed to 6–12% of plant xylem water, while soil water at the depth of 40–60 cm is the largest component (range from 60 to 66 %), soil water below 60 cm depth contributed 8–14 % to plant xylem water, and only 5–8 % is derived from precipitation.