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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?

I'm unsure whether this is the right forum to ask the question, please feel free migrate to a more relevant forum.

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closed as off topic by Mad Scientist Jul 18 '12 at 7:49

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This is not really a question about biology, so it's off-topic here. But I also don't know any other SE site where this question would be on-topic. –  Mad Scientist Jul 18 '12 at 7:50
    
@MadScientist: I was afraid of that ... I looked for a geology SE - no such thing though, and anyway this question probably involves a bit of several different core sciences. If something comes to mind later, will you please try to let me know? –  Everyone Jul 18 '12 at 10:13

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