Atmospheric Deposition and Soil Resources of the Southern Pine Forest

  • Daniel D. Richter
  • Daniel Markewitz
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 118)

Abstract

Soils are open systems. As such, atmospheric deposition affects soil properties, processes, and genesis. Windblown loess deposits influence physical and chemical properties in many soils on all continents. Andisols, one of 11 soil orders of the world, owe their existence mainly to atmospheric depositions of volcanically ejected particulates (Soil Survey Staff, 1992). Near marine coastlines, sea-spray aerosols entrained in the atmosphere are deposited to soils, elevating concentrations of sodium, chloride, magnesium, and sulfate (Låg, 1968). Similarly, industrial emissions of acid- and base-forming compounds are transported through the atmosphere and are eventually deposited to soils as gases, aerosols, and as solutes in precipitation, sometimes up to thousands of kilometers from their points of emission.

Keywords

Biomass Burning Clay Phosphorus Magnesium 

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