Encyclopedia of Soil Science

2008 Edition
| Editors: Ward Chesworth


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-3995-9_95

The downward movement of chemical species in a soil in chelated form. A combination of chelation and eluviation. Organic constituents are integral to the process in providing acid to attack the mineralogical components of a soil, and complexants capable of holding released elements such as Al in solution, in which form they are capable of being transported downwards in the profile. See Table 1 in van Ranst and de Coninck (2002).


  1. Van Ranst, E., and De Coninck, F., 2002. Evaluation of ferrolysis in soil formation. Eur. J. Soil Sci., 53(4): 513–520.Google Scholar

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