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Soil Solution

Authored by: Paul Schwab

Handbook of Soil Sciences Properties and Processes

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  November  2011

Print ISBN: 9781439803059
eBook ISBN: 9781439803066
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b11267-14

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Abstract

The soil solution is the hub of chemical and biological activity in the soil. Most reactions are slow in the absence of water: Soil organisms become dormant or die, mineral transformations become imperceptibly slow, and soil chemical weathering and formation processes become greatly impeded. Addition of moisture to previously dry systems reinitiates these reactions.

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