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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

The Nature of Phosphate Sorption by Calcium Carbonate1


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  1. Vol. 17 No. 4, p. 352-356
    Received: Mar 20, 1953

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  1. C. V. Cole,
  2. Sterling R. Olsen and
  3. C. O. Scott2



Studies on the nature of phosphate sorption by calcium carbonate indicate that when soluble phosphate fertilizers are added to calcareous soils, the reactions with calcium carbonate consist of rapid monolayer sorption on CaCO3 surfaces and, at high phosphate concentrations in the vicinity of fertilizer particles, the precipitation of dicalcium phosphate, or a compound with similar properties. The initial products of these reactions are characterized by very high specific surfaces and greater phosphorus solubility than the stable hydroxyapatite or fluorapatite. Dynamic equilibrium in calcareous soils involves all of these forms of phosphate. Some of the effects of the ionic environment on solubility of calcium phosphates were calculated and experimentally verified.

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