Articles | Volume 3, issue 4
SOIL, 3, 177–189, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-3-177-2017
SOIL, 3, 177–189, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-3-177-2017

Original research article 23 Oct 2017

Original research article | 23 Oct 2017

Quantitative imaging of the 3-D distribution of cation adsorption sites in undisturbed soil

Hannes Keck et al.

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ED: Publish as is (13 Sep 2017) by John Quinton(Executive Editor)
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Several studies have shown that the cation adsorption sites in soils are heterogeneously distributed in space. In many soil system models this knowledge is not included yet. In our study we proposed a new method to map the 3-D distribution of cation adsorption sites in undisturbed soils. The method is based on three-dimensional X-ray scanning with a contrast agent and image analysis. We are convinced that this approach will strongly aid the development of more realistic soil system models.