Encyclopedia of Soil Science

2008 Edition
| Editors: Ward Chesworth


Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-3995-9_98

Adsorption, usually irreversible, involving chemical action. Adsorbed ions or molecules are held to a surface by a strong chemical bond. The heat of adsorption is >20kcal/mole, as opposed to physical adsorption: <10kcal/mole (McBride, 1994, p 344).



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

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