The adsorption of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and sulfate was examined in mineral horizons of acid soils from damaged (Oberwarmensteinach) and healthy (Wülfersreuth) Norway spruce forested sites in the Fichtelgebirge (NE‐Bavaria). The A horizons of both sites desorbed DOC at all levels added, whereas the B horizons (Bs and Bv) retained added DOC at levels > 5 mmol C kg−1. An initial mass isotherm used on the B horizon data indicated that these soils have a greater affinity for DOC than B horizons from Spodosols in the northeastern U.S. Sulfate was only retained at high solution levels, and retention was pH dependent. Nitrate and sulfate additions (1000 μeq L−1 anion) had minor effects on DOC adsorption. Overall, there was little difference in DOC or sulfate retention at the two sites, indicating atmospheric deposition inputs have not affected these processes.
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- Soil Science