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Soil solution studies on weathered soils from tropical north Queensland

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Gillman, G.P. and Bell, L.C. (1978) Soil solution studies on weathered soils from tropical north Queensland. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 16 (1). pp. 67-77. ISSN 0004-9573


Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1071/SR9780067


Solutions obtained from six soils in tropical North Queensland after incubation at a moisture tension of 0.1 bar were analysed to obtain data on their ionic strengths. Soil extracts, at soil: solution ratios of 1:1, 1:2.5, 1:5, and 1:10 were also examined. Determinations on the aqueous phase included electrical conductivity, pH, ammonium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, bicarbonate, chloride, sulphate, and nitrate. Ionic concentrations of the soil solutions were found to be low when compared with many of the values reported in the literature. The upper limit for the ionic strength was about 0.005. Ionic strength was well correlated with the electrolytic conductivity of the soil solution itself, and also of the soil extracts. Relationships found between the soil solution and soil extracts in respect of total cation (and anion) content and also cation ratios, allow predictions about the soil solution to be made from soil extract data. Consideration of the ionic ratio of calcium to total cations in these soils suggests that the soils may have suboptimal levels of calcium for the growth of many plant species.

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Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Soils. Soil science
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