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A soil microcosm experiment was conducted (a) to compare dilute H2SO4, NH4NO3 fertilizer, and prilled S as possible experimental soil-acidifying treatments and (b) to observe soil chemical response to simulated throughfall and acidifying treatments. Simulated throughfall had a significant effect on soil chemistry, resulting in increased exchangeable bases and pH in the mineral soil horizons but little effect on the O horizon. Of the acidification treatments only simulated acid rain had significant effects on soil chemistry when compared to the control and the dry treatments. This reflected the relatively slow dissolution rate of the dry treatments coupled with the short duration of the experiment. Simulated acid rain decreased exchangeable base cations and pH while increasing exchangeable Al. The 2.5-cm layer of Bs horizon material immediately below the abrupt E horizon boundary proved to be the soil layer most responsive to chemical alteration.

Document Type

Article

ISSN

0734-9556

Volume

126

Publication Date

3-1-1987

Publisher

Maine Agricultural Experiment Station

City

Orono

Keywords

soils, soil acidifying treatments

Disciplines

Soil Science

Vertical Trends in the Chemistry of Forest Soil Microcosms Following Experimental Acidification

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