Encyclopedia of Soil Science

2008 Edition
| Editors: Ward Chesworth

Cation Exchange

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-3995-9_93

Ion exchange involving cations. In soils the exchange takes place on the surfaces of clay minerals, amorphous inorganic phases and organic matter. The cation exchange capacity (CEC) is the quantity of cations reversibly adsorbed per unit weight of the solid (McBride, 1994, chapter 3). The conventional unit for CEC is cmoles/kg.



  1. McBride, M.B., 1994. Environmental Chemistry of Soils. New York: Oxford University Press, 406 pp.Google Scholar

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