Acid Sulfate Soils: Formation

Authored by: Martin C. Rabenhorst , Delvin S. Fanning , Steven N. Burch

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120001777

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Abstract

Soils containing sulfide minerals that have not yet been oxidized through acid sulfate weathering are referred to as potential acid sulfate soils (potential acid SS). This entry first discusses the processes involved in the formation and accumulation of sulfide minerals in soils leading to the formation of potential acid SS. Processes related to the oxidation of sulfides in the formation of active acid SS are then examined.

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