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Why do heavy soils (for example clays) hold more water than sands?

Plowboy says 2015-12-16 07:55:38 (CST)

Perhaps because the finer particle size of silt soil slows or stops the percolation of the water into lower soil layers?

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vince mautino says 2015-12-16 09:32:23 (CST)

Sandy soils drain because of the very nature of sand for water to run thru it. Clay on the other hand, seals the soil, and water cannot move thru it freely.
I have layer of clay about three foot down. Come spring, when everything thaws, the water seeps down to the clay. When that 3 foot fills up, I have bogs. Nothing can go across that land until late June or earlv July. My mules will sink belly deep in it .

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JerryHicks says 2015-12-17 06:14:14 (CST)

More pore space and greater absorbing surface on soil particles.

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