Depth of characteristic diameter of drying zone

This is the depth of the diameter around a source where the soil has dried out. The equation originates from the book 'Kabel und Leitungen für Starkstrom' by L. Heinhold, 5th edition 1999 (in German).

Symbol
$L_{dry}$
Unit
m
Formulae
$\frac{L_{psc} \left(g_{dry}^{2} + 1\right)}{g_{dry}^{2} - 1}$