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  1. Vol. 43 No. 3, p. 547-552
     
    Received: Aug 8, 1977
    Published: May, 1979


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doi:10.2136/sssaj1979.03615995004300030023x

Physical, Chemical, and Mineralogical Characteristics of Soils from Volcanic Ash in Northern Idaho: II. Phosphorus Sorption1

  1. J. P. Jones,
  2. B. B. Singh,
  3. M. A. Fosberg and
  4. A. L. Falen2

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Volcanic ash soils from northern Idaho sorbed considerable amounts of P depending upon the parent material, physical, chemical, and mineralogical characteristics of the soils. Upper horizons of the soil derived from volcanic ash sorbed more P than did lower horizons which were derived from glacial sediment. The magnitude of P sorption was related to the extractable allophane content and quantity of concretions. The clay fraction adsorbed more P than the silt fraction. Sorption of P was due mainly to the presence of Al in concretions and the presence of higher amounts of amorphous materials. Iron, Al, Mn and other clay minerals contributed to the sorption capacity of the soils. Detailed roles of these factors in sorption of P by soils, clays, and concentrations are discussed.

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