Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
SOIL, 7, 585–594, 2021
SOIL, 7, 585–594, 2021

Original research article 06 Sep 2021

Original research article | 06 Sep 2021

Soil organic carbon mobility in equatorial podzols: soil column experiments

Patricia Merdy et al.

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Transfer of organic C from topsoil to deeper horizons and the water table is little documented, especially in equatorial environments, despite high primary productivity in the evergreen forest. Using column experiments with podzol soil and a percolating solution sampled in an Amazonian podzol area, we show how the C-rich Bh horizon plays a role in natural organic matter transfer and Si, Fe and Al mobility after a kaolinitic layer transition, thus giving insight to the genesis of tropical podzol.