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Natural Conditions of Salt Accumulations in North Dakota

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Title: Natural Conditions of Salt Accumulations in North Dakota
Author: Malanu, Alex
Description: The geographic materials, relief, ground waters, natural drainage and climate are favourable in North Dakota for salinization of large areas of soil, some already contaminated and those that are potentially vulnerable. In 1967, already over one million acres were affected by salts. 400,000 were in the Red River valley alone. This article describes the natural conditions determining salt accumulation in waters and soils in the state of North Dakota. Four natural factors aid in the accumulation of salts in soils: salt source, salt carrier, accumulation factors and salt concentrations. Humankind can intervene this process with management of salt levels. These factors are described in greater detail. Information on the sources of salt and carries of salts were not sufficient for the study of the genesis of salt affected soils. An accumulative factor is necessary, also. Data indicated in these study that the necessary conditions for the salinization were present all across the state of North Dakota where saline ground waters were more shallow than it's critical depth. Irrigation and other factors promote saline seeps. North Dakota needed to apply both preventive measures against salinization and reclamation methods.
Date: 1986
Subject: Soil
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/8099

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