infiltration rate

  the rate at which water moves into the soil. Dependent on:
  amount of water already in the soil, especially near the surface. Very wet and very dry soils have the slowest rates of infiltration.
  soil texture which determines the size of pore spaces and thus how easily water can pass through.
  soil structure as some ped shapes block water.
  amount and type of vegetation. Vegetation will influence rate at which water arrives at the surface as well as the nature of the soil.

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