Articles | Volume 23, issue 5
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-2481-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-2481-2019
Research article
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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, Zeng Cui, Ze Huang, Hai-Tao Miao, and Gao-Lin Wu

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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.