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HESS | Articles | Volume 23, issue 5
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 2481–2490, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-2481-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 2481–2490, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-2481-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 27 May 2019

Research article | 27 May 2019

The influence of litter crusts on soil properties and hydrological processes in a sandy ecosystem

Yu Liu et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (04 Feb 2019) by Miriam Coenders-Gerrits
AR by Yu Liu on behalf of the Authors (18 Feb 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (05 Mar 2019) by Miriam Coenders-Gerrits
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (12 Apr 2019)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (21 Apr 2019)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (07 May 2019) by Miriam Coenders-Gerrits
AR by Yu Liu on behalf of the Authors (10 May 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
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We focus on the positive effects of litter crusts on soil water holding capacity and water interception capacity compared with biocrusts. Litter crusts can significantly improve sandy water content and organic matter. Water-holding capacity increased with development of litter crusts in the sandy interface. Water infiltration rate is increased by sandy and litter crusts' interface properties. Litter crusts provided a better microhabitat conducive to plant growth in sandy lands.
We focus on the positive effects of litter crusts on soil water holding capacity and water...
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