Soil Properties

The soil characteristics in a basin have very strong influences on the character of the runoff. Not only must one consider the texture of soil, but also other important characteristics including surface cover, depth to impermeable layers, and alterations to the soil by either human activity or natural occurrences.

In this section you will learn to:

  • Anticipate water movement and runoff given soil characteristics
  • Identify important soil properties in your area
  • Understand how both natural and human factors influence the behavior of water in the soil