The influence of annual precipitation and vegetation cover on soil moisture and on the length of the summer drought was estimated quantitatively using 9 years of soil moisture data collected at Echo Valley in southern California. The measurements support the conclusions that in the semi-arid mediterranean climate a soil drought will occur regardless of vegetation cover and annual precipitation, but the length of the drought is greatly dependent on soil depth and rockiness. Evergreen species which can survive this drought tend to accentuate the drought, especially in deep soil levels, by developing a canopy with a large transpiring surface.
Oecologia – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 1, 1983
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