Articles | Volume 4, issue 3
SOIL, 4, 213–224, 2018
SOIL, 4, 213–224, 2018
Original research article
13 Sep 2018
Original research article | 13 Sep 2018

Continental soil drivers of ammonium and nitrate in Australia

Juhwan Lee et al.

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Short summary
Soil nitrogen (N) is an essential element for plant growth, but its plant-available forms are subject to loss from the environment by leaching and gaseous emissions. Still, factors controlling soil mineral N concentrations at large spatial scales are not well understood. We determined and discussed primary soil controls over the concentrations of NH4+ and NO3 at the continental scale of Australia while considering specific dominant land use patterns on a regional basis.