Land drainage (agriculture)
Luthin, James N. Department of Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis, California.
- Surface drainage
- Subsurface drainage in humid regions
- Subsurface drainage in arid regions
- Construction of drains
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
The removal of water from the surface of the land and the control of the shallow ground water table improves the soil as a medium for plant growth. The sources of excess water may be precipitation, snowmelt, irrigation water, overland flow or underground seepage from adjacent areas, artesian flow from deep aquifers, floodwater from channels, or water applied for such special purposes as leaching salts from the soil or for achieving temperature control.
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