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Recovery of compacted soils in Mojave Desert ghost towns.

January 1, 1986

Residual compaction of soils was measured at seven sites in five Mojave Desert ghost towns. Soils in these Death Valley National Monument townsites were compacted by vehicles, animals, and human trampling, and the townsites had been completely abandoned and the buildings removed for 64 to 75 yr. Recovery times extrapolated using a linear recovery model ranged from 80 to 140 yr and averaged 100 yr. The recovery times were related to elevation, suggesting freeze-thaw loosening as an important factor in ameliorating soil compaction in the Mojave Desert. -from Authors

Citation Information

Publication Year 1986
Title Recovery of compacted soils in Mojave Desert ghost towns.
DOI
Authors R. H. Webb, J.W. Steiger, H. G. Wilshire
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Soil Science Society of America Journal
Series Number
Index ID 70014842
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization