Soil–Subsurface Interrelated Matrix

Chapter

Abstract

The soil–subsurface regime comprises two distinct, interacting phases which may be affected by anthropogenic chemicals: the solid phase, formed by mineral and organic constituents in various states of evolution, and the liquid phase, including the water retained in the soil–subsurface pores and in the aquifer. The impact of anthropogenic chemicals on the soil–subsurface system may lead to irreversible changes in the solid phase matrix and properties, as well as to alteration of the liquid phase chemical composition. In this chapter, we provide a basic overview of soil–subsurface system characteristics as formed under natural environmental conditions; the reader is referred to the literature for detailed information.

Keywords

Soil Organic Matter Humic Substance Humic Acid Clay Mineral Fulvic Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental Sciences and Energy ResearchWeizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

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