In my experience as open grounds are paved over by new concrete work other grounds yet open are proportionately more water-logged after heavy rain. Over time trees in such water logged grounds too die out - it may be the roots rot... I don't know. Perhaps this waterlogging is bound to happen because set concrete, like rock, absorbs/retains less water than soil itself.
Is there any scientific basis for such observation? Are there any papers out there that comment upon water-logged open grounds in the vicinity of RCC structures? Are open grounds in the vicinity of new construction more prone to waterlogging after heavy rain? How would I gather evidence if I so desired?
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