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A crucial distinction is that it is the matric potential of the soil rather than the volume/mass of water that is the important parameter. The matric potential determines the thickness of the water-ﬁlms around organic and inorganic particles, thus determining the connectivity of water in the soil system and, if the size of the water-ﬁlm is large enough to block or reduce pore pathways, the gaseous diffusion of particles. At large scales, this is why measures of water-ﬁlled pore space (degree of saturation) have been signiﬁcantly correlated with nitrogen transformations (Linn & Doran 1984).
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