oa Madoqua - The sorption of water vapor by windborne plant debris in the Namib desert
|Article Title||The sorption of water vapor by windborne plant debris in the Namib desert|
|© Publisher:||Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism|
|Affiliations||1 Florida State University, Florida, U.S.A.|
|Publication Date||Jan 1973|
|Pages||21 - 24|
|Keyword(s)||Analytical balance Anhydrous calcium sulfate, Cellulose, Equilibrium moisture, Humid atmospheres, Light forest fuel, Liquid form of fog, Plant fibres, Stipagrotis sabulicola and Sulfuric acid|
the sorption of water vapor by dead plant material under subsaturated conditions wass measured as a function of the realative humidity (RH). With prolonged exposure to high RH's the water content of the material may reach values in excess of 70%. Since the humidity in the Namid desert, at least near the coast, is almost always very high, the data suggests that absorbed water could be an important water source to debris-eating animals in this region.
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