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Record number 42903
Title Prolonged leaching of mineral forest soils with dilute HC1 solutions: the solubility of A1 and soil organic matter.
Author(s) Berggren, D.; Mulder, J.; Westerhof, R.
Source European Journal of Soil Science 49 (1998). - ISSN 1351-0754 - p. 305 - 316.
Department(s) Laboratory of Soil Science and Geology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 1998
Abstract Long-term acidification has been shown to result in a considerable decrease in the amount of organically bound soil Al and in a gradual decrease in the solubility of Al. We examined the solubility of soil organic matter (SOM) and Al in four acid mineral soils (one Arenosol Ah, two Podzol Bh, and one Podzol Bs) as they were leached sequentially using a solution containing 0.001 m HCl and 0.01 m KCl. The acid leaching resulted in relative decreases in Al that were 2-6 times greater than for organic C. The organic C and Al dissolved by the acid leaching originated mainly in the pyrophosphate-extractable fraction of the elements. Protonation seems to be a major mechanism in stabilizing the residual SOM, as indicated by small changes in effective cation exchange capacity with the degree of acid leaching. In the samples of Podzol Bh and Arenosol Ah soils the solubility of Al (defined as log10{Al3 } 1.5pH) in equilibrium suspensions (0.01 m KCl) was closely related to the ratio of pyrophosphate-extractable Al to pyrophosphate-extractable organic C. The Podzol Bs sample probably contained a small amount of a surface-reactive Al(OH)3 phase, which rapidly became depleted by the acid leaching.
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