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97. 97. Thus, for purposes of calculating vaporphase transport, the relative humidity of evaporating surfaces of moist soils, leaves, and animals is almost always close enough to one to assume that they are at saturation vapor density. There are two notable exceptions. Some fungi and insects can survive at water potentials as low as - 50 to -70 ~/kg. 7. Thus "air dry" soil (soil in moisture equilibrium with air) in some locations would have water potentials high enough to support some biological activity.

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Diagonal lines are for wet bulb temperature. and are spaced at 2°C increments. 24 3. Environmental Moisture achieved by adiabatic evaporation of water into air. Air is cooled by evaporating water into it, but the evaporation of water into the air raises its vapor density. " The value for y depends on temperature and atmospheric pressure. 495 g m- 3K- 1 . 2. 4. 3 g/m3. 9 DC under those conditions. Cooling of actual psychrometers and coolers may be less because cooling is not strictly adiabatic in these devices, but the ideal is approached with a well ventilated sling psychrometer.

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