|Title||Alkalinity measurements in water extracts of calcareous soils|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1992|
|Authors||Marion G.M, Schlesinger W.H, Fonteyn P.J|
|Journal||Soil Science Society of America Journal|
|Keywords||alkalinity, calcareous soil, article, articles, calcareous soil,alkalinity, journal, journals, soil, calcareous|
In soil carbonate solubility studies, it is usually assumed that total alkalinity is equal to inorganic-C alkalinity. Recent studies have raised questions about the validity of this assumption. This study reexamined previously published soil data from grass-oak (Quercus spp.) woodlands and deserts to test the hypothesis that total alkalinity is equal to inorganic-C alkalinity. Total alkalinity was measured with strong-acid titration, while inorganic-C alkalinity was calculated from pH and the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) measurements. Within the limits of error, calculated inorganic C alkalinity (Y) was equal to measured total alkalinity (X) (Y = 0.01 + 0.998X, r2 = 0.97). A recommendation was made for overdetermining the state of experimental systems in solubility studies; this allows one to check the internal consistency of experimental measurements, equilibrium constants, and model assumptions.