Bales et al(2011) advance the understanding of soil moisture dynamics in response to water input, especially snowmelt, in the mixed conifer zone of the Sierra Nevada, California. In particular, we appreciate the authors” conclusion that regolith deeper than 1 m is important in supporting base flow and evapotranspiration during the summer months. It is important to recognize, however, that a considerable body of knowledge relevant to these processes already exists, much of it produced by research in the Sierra Nevada.

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The occurrence, distribution, and formation of soft, deeply weathered granitic rock in the Sierra Nevada was described by Wahrhaftig (1965)...

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