Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 29–34 | Cite as

A preliminary chlorine survey of the savanna soils of Nigeria

  • B.A. Raji
  • B.W. Jimba


Chlorine contents of 32 surface soils representing the four savanna zones in Nigeria, the major soil parent materials and the main agricultural fields were examined. Total chlorine contents varied from 47.2 to 296.5 mg kg-1 while the water-soluble chloride varied from 0.1 to 7.7 mg kg-1 in all the soils. Total Cl and water-soluble Cl- did not vary by either ecological zones or by soil parent material. However, according to the order of magnitude, the contents in the ecological zones may be arranged as follows: Southern Guinea > Sudan > Northern Guinea > Sahel while, with respect to parent material, the contents could be arranged as follows: Basement Complex > Basalt > Sedimentary > Aeolian. Preliminary results tend to indicate that over eighty percent of the Nigerian savanna soils may be deficient in Cl, though detailed study may be necessary. Lack of significant correlation between Cl and selected soil properties tends to indicate that neither texture, organic matter nor soil reaction has a controlling influence on Cl occurrence in the study area.

chloride chlorine soil properties 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B.A. Raji
    • 1
  • B.W. Jimba
    • 2
  1. 1.Soil Science Department, Institute for Agricultural ResearchAhmadu Bello UniversityZariaNigeria
  2. 2.Centre for Energy Research and TrainingAhmadu Bello UniversityZariaNigeria

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