evaporation pan

an atmometer consisting of a pan about 4 feet (1.2 meters) in diameter and 10 inches (25.4 cm) in depth.
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It is placed inside the evaporation pan, one foot from the north edge.
The maximum potential evaporation generally determined using an evaporation pan.
If an evaporation pan is used to estimate evaporation, a fence or other barrier may be needed to minimize animal intrusion.
Accurate evaporation readings requires careful maintenance of an evaporation pan which contains water.
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