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  1. Vol. 32 No. 3, p. 386-388
    Received: Oct 3, 1967
    Accepted: Jan 15, 1968

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Availability of Exchangeable and Nonexchangeable Mg in Sandy Coastal Plain Soils1

  1. H. B. Rice and
  2. E. J. Kamprath2



The chemical forms of Mg in five sandy Coastal Plain soils were determined. The total Mg ranged from 0.73 meq. to 2.48 meq/100g. The percentage of the total Mg in the exchangeable form varied from 3.8 to 9.4% and generally increased as the total increased. Soils containing an expansible lattice clay had the highest Mg content per gram of clay.

Consecutive extractions with 1N NaOAc solution of pH 1 removed almost twice as much Mg as consecutive extractions with a solution of 1N NaOAc pH 7. This indicates that a portion of the nonexchangeable Mg is quite soluble in a dilute acid. The soils which released the highest amount of nonexchangeable Mg per gram of clay also were the ones containing some expansible clay minerals.

The exchangeable Mg in the range 0.05 to 0.23 meq/100 g of soil appeared to be equally available as indicated by plant uptake. In four of the soils a large part of the Mg taken up by corn (Zea mays L.) came from the nonexchangeable form.

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