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Soil moisture is the water that is held in the spaces between soil particles, generally in the upper 10 cm of soil.  Although soil moisture is just a fraction of the total water mass in the water cycle, this small amount of water plays a critical role in evaporation and plant transpiration proces

Soil moisture is the water that is held in the spaces between soil particles, generally in the upper 10 cm of soil; this small amount of water plays a critical role in controlling the transfer of water and heat energy between Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Geosphere.

Soil moisture is the water that is held in the spaces between soil particles, generally in the upper 10 cm of soil; this small amount of water plays a critical role in controlling the transfer of water and heat energy between Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Geosphere.

In 2015, Ethiopia endured its worst drought in decades. While there is some indication that this April has been drier than normal in some areas, the intensity of the drought this year will not be clear until later in 2016.