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Research on the Application of Palm Mat Geotextile in Sand Fixation of the Hobq Desert

Version 1 : Received: 11 November 2018 / Approved: 14 November 2018 / Online: 14 November 2018 (10:17:54 CET)

How to cite: Zhong, S.; Han, Z.; Li, A.; Du, H. Research on the Application of Palm Mat Geotextile in Sand Fixation of the Hobq Desert. Preprints 2018, 2018110332 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201811.0332.v1). Zhong, S.; Han, Z.; Li, A.; Du, H. Research on the Application of Palm Mat Geotextile in Sand Fixation of the Hobq Desert. Preprints 2018, 2018110332 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201811.0332.v1).

Abstract

As the traditional sand fixation measures have many limitations, new sand fixing technologies and methods are urgently needed to be developed. This study demonstrated a new sand fixation method using palm mat geotextile to fix the sand dunes and plant grass. We experimented the physical property of the palm mat geotextile in the laboratory, and observed the vegetation growth in the Hobq Desert. The results showed that (1) The palm mat geotextile is more lighter and tougher than the common straw mat geotextile, the average weight, thickness and tensile strength of palm mat geotextile were 2023 g/m2, 20.14 mm, and 842–860 N/m, after a year of field observation, the tensile strength decreased by only 2%. (2) The palm mat geotextile had excellent water retention capacity and scouring resistance, the maximum water content reached 227%, and the substrate lost 2.9% after the simulation of heavy rainfall for 3 hours with rainfall intensity of 30 mm/h in laboratory. (3) The palm mat geotextile significantly decreased the soil temperature and increase the humidity in summer, the observed results shown that the palm mat geotextile had the greatest influence on 5cm depth of the soil temperature and 10cm depth of soil humidity. (4) The field experiment results showed that the vegetation coverage and the biomass of the palm mat geotextile with 2 m × 2 m were 35% and 11.21 g (3.9 times and 4.1 times than that of control group, 1.7 times and 1.8 times than that of high-banded salix psammophila sand-barriers group which is widely used in the Hobq Desert).

Subject Areas

growth promotion; palm mat geotextile; physical property; sand fixation

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