Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 66, Issue 8, pp 2379–2385

Effects of antecedent soil moisture on losses of rare earth elements and phosphorus in runoff

  • Lingqing Wang
  • Tao Liang
  • Weili Wang
  • Chaosheng Zhang
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12665-011-1463-4

Cite this article as:
Wang, L., Liang, T., Wang, W. et al. Environ Earth Sci (2012) 66: 2379. doi:10.1007/s12665-011-1463-4

Abstract

The effects of antecedent soil moisture on losses of rare earth elements (REEs) and phosphorus (P) in runoff were evaluated through a simulated rainfall experiment at the rate of 83 mm h−1. The results revealed that antecedent moisture was a significant factor affecting the amounts of REE and P losses. It was observed that most REEs and P transported with sediments in the runoff. There was a significant correlation between the total amounts of REE losses and those of P losses in the runoff. The optimal antecedent moisture for minimization of losses for REEs ranged from 10.19 to 11.17% and it was 10.91% for P.

Keywords

Antecedent soil moisture Soil Phosphorous Rare earth elements Runoff 

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© Springer-Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lingqing Wang
    • 1
  • Tao Liang
    • 1
  • Weili Wang
    • 1
  • Chaosheng Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources ResearchChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Geography and Environmental Change InstituteNational University of IrelandGalwayIreland

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