Hydrology of Swelling Soils

  • J. R. Philip


Not all saline soils swell, and not all swelling soils are subject to salinity problems; but hydrologic difficulties often arise in connexion with the drainage and reclamation of swelling clays in flat landscapes. The paper reviews recent progress in the theory of water equilibrium and movement in swelling soils, and emphasizes that neglect of the fact of swelling may lead to serious errors of interpretation.


Hydraulic Conductivity Water Table Water Table Depth Capillary Rise Water Equilibrium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. R. Philip
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  1. 1.Division of Environmental MechanicsCSIROCanberraAustralia

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