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  1. Vol. 2 No. 2, p. 237-240
    Received: June 15, 1972

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Distribution and Chemistry of Phosphorus in an Albaqualf Soil After 82 Years of Phosphate Fertilization1

  1. C. W. Kao and
  2. R. W. Blanchar2



The distribution of P in a fertilized and unfertilized Mexico silt loam soil was measured. After 82 years of P fertilization, the added P was found in Ap (0–23 cm), smaller amounts in the A and B, and B2 (23–86 cm), and large amounts in the B3 and upper C (86–137 cm) horizons. In the fertilized soil the distribution of P, particularly inorganic and available, was similar to that of original P in the soil profile.

The P adsorption capacities of fertilized and unfertilized soils were similar. These data indicated that the soil fertilized with P for 82 years had nearly double the total P content, but the ability of the soil to adsorb additional P was the same. Ion products indicated that the P level in the soil solution was controlled by the solubility of strengite.

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