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A sequence of vegetation behind water ponding dikes (15cm high) at the Jornada LTER soon after installation (05-07-75); after 14 years (09-30-89) when monsoon rain storms impacted water collecting area of the dikes and produced runoff for initial plant growth; and 31 years after installation(10-17-06) when the soil moisture reservoir became dependable for producing a significant vegetation cover response.
Soil water profiles for control, 7.5 cm high dikes, and 15 cm high dikes on the Jornada LTER site. The higher the dike, the greater and more consistent soil water content with depth.