Using Gypsum and Other Calcium Amendments in Southwestern Soils
Soil aggregate formation and stability, the primary features of soil structure, are two of the most important manageable soil physical properties. Water, air, and roots primarily move between soil aggregates, which are clumps of soil particles cemented together. The pores between aggregates are fairly large, whereas the pores between particles within aggregates are often too small for effective water movement or root penetration, and sometimes even too small for bacteria to enter. In all but the sandiest soils, good aggregate structure is required for adequate root penetration, water infiltration, air exchange, and soil drainage.
Revised 8/2012. Originally published: 2006.AZ1413-2012
- soil aggregates
- soil particles