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Porosity and pore-size distribution

August 14, 2023

Porosity, the fraction of soil volume not occupied by solids, is relatively easy to conceptualize and measure. Pore-size distribution is a complex topic, in part from the lack of a clear and unique concept of a soil pore as a discrete object. Available tools for evaluating pore-size distribution involve traditional conventions and operational definitions applied to hydraulic property characterizations, as well as more recently developed imaging techniques. Application of these tools can provide effective characterizations of the pores and pore space that lead to an understanding of the relation between pore characteristics and soil functions.

Publication Year 2023
Title Porosity and pore-size distribution
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-822974-3.00139-7
Authors John R. Nimmo, Sheela Katuwal, Maik Lucas
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70245157
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization WMA - Earth System Processes Division