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Freezing and Its Effect on Chemical and Biological Properties of Soil

  • A. C. Edwards
  • M. S. Cresser
Part of the Advances in Soil Science book series (SOIL, volume 18)

Abstract

The effects of subzero temperatures on soil are varied, influencing a wide range of physical, biological, and chemical processes. Since the formation of ice in soil requires an understanding of thermal gradients and water movement, the major thrust of recent work has been from a physically based approach. The visible effects of freezing and thawing, such as changes in soil structure and damage to building and road foundations, have also received considerable attention. There is far less information available concerning possible effects on chemical and biological soil reactions. Our aim, therefore, is to present an overview of the freeze/thaw cycle, placing particular emphasis on factors relating to the less well-documented and understood influences on nutrient availability.

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Soil Freezing Freeze Ground Litter Removal Soil Frost Freezing Front 
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