Sulfur constituents and transformations in upland and floodplain forest soils

L. M. Bartel-Ortiz, M. B. David

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Forest soils at an upland site (Typic Hapludalfs) and a floodplain site (Cumulic Haplaquolls) were sampled seasonally to examine organic and inorganic sulfur constituents at four depths. In addition to the field study, a laboratory experiment was designed to examine simulated flooding (over 28 days), using bottomland soil and water from the Sangamon River, Illinois. The field and artificial flooding results suggested little reduction of sulfate in the floodplain soil (nonsulfate inorganic sulfur concentration of <1% of total sulfur). Large sulfur pools in the bottomland soil are thought to be deposited by sedimentation of organic materials during flood events. Sulfate in soils from both sites appears to be rapidly incorporated into organic sulfur and is not readily adsorbed. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1106-1112
Number of pages7
JournalCanadian Journal of Forest Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Forestry
  • Ecology


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