Vegetation and Water Resources

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1950
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institiute
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The recent droughts in East Africa have focused attention on the vital importance of water in the economy of the territories, and has emphasized the need for intensive studies of the factors concerned. Deforestation is popularly believed to have a pronounced effect on water supply, and it is easy to understand that on bare soil the rain-water will run off rapidly, causing floods during rainy periods and droughts during dry spells. Ideally, all rainwater should be absorbed by the soil, supply plant and tree roots with the moisture they require, and provide a surplus which penetrates to the deep subsoil and Supplies Rivers and springs with a steady flow. But many factors contribute towards or against this objective, and the analysis of these is particularly difficult in Kenya, with its wide range of altitudes and climates, and results cannot be expected within a short time.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal
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