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This article in JEQ

  1. Vol. 34 No. 3, p. 951-962
    Received: July 30, 2004

    * Corresponding author(s): gmp@ksu.edu
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Evaluation of Soils for Use as Liner Materials

  1. Tom M. DeSutterab and
  2. Gary M. Pierzynski *a
  1. a Department of Agronomy, Throckmorton Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506
    b Now with the USDA-ARS National Soil Tilth Laboratory, Ames, IA 50011


Movement of NH4 + below animal waste lagoons is generally a function of the whole-lagoon seepage rate, soil mineralogy, cations in the lagoon liquor, and selectivity for NH4 + on the soil-exchange sites. Binary exchange reactions (Ca2+–K+, Ca2+–NH4 +, and K+–NH4 +) were conducted on two soils from the Great Plains and with combinations of these soils with bentonite or zeolite added. Binary exchanges were used to predict ternary exchanges Ca2+–K+–NH4 + following the Rothmund–Kornfeld approach and Gaines–Thomas convention. Potassium and NH4 + were preferred over Ca2+, and K+ was preferred over NH4 + in all soils and soils with amendments. Generally, the addition of bentonite did not change cation selectivity over the native soils, whereas the addition of zeolite did. The Rothmund–Kornfeld approach worked well for predicting equivalent fractions of cations on the exchanger phase when only ternary-solution phase compositions were known. Actual swine- and cattle-lagoon solution compositions and the Rothmund–Kornfeld approach were used to project that native soils are predicted to retain 53 and 23%, respectively, of the downward-moving NH4 + on their exchange sites. Additions of bentonite or zeolite to soils under swine lagoons may only slightly improve the equivalent fraction of NH4 + on the exchange sites. Although additions of bentonite or zeolite may not help increase the NH4 + selectivity of a liner material, increases in the overall cation exchange capacity (CEC) of a soil will ultimately decrease the amount of soil needed to adsorb downward-moving NH4 +

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