Sulfur retention at intensively studied sites in the U.S. and Canada

Barry P. Rochelle, M. Robbins Church, Mark B. David

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We compiled and summarized current literature on S input/output budgets for intensively studied sites and soil plots in the U.S. and Canada and found S retention to be related to both soil order and extent of the last glaciation (Wisconsinan). Zero net retention is associated with Spodosols and was found only at sites north of the limit of Wisconsinan glaciation. Sites south of the limit of glaciation appear to be retaining from 20 to 90% of incoming S. These findings support the hypothesis that there exist regional variations in S retention in North America. Such variations are important in determining and predicting effects of acidic deposition on surface water chemistry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-83
Number of pages11
JournalWater, Air, and Soil Pollution
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Ecological Modeling
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Pollution


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