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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Potentiometric Titration of Sulfate in Water and Soil Extracts Using a Lead Electrode1


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  1. Vol. 36 No. 4, p. 691-693
    Received: Jan 4, 1972
    Accepted: Mar 13, 1972

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  1. J. O. Goertzen and
  2. J. D. Oster2



Sulfate concentrations in natural waters and soil-water extracts were determined semiautomatically using a lead-ion electrode to indicate the solution potential change at the endpoint, a constant flow device to deliver the titrant, a pH-mV meter to measure the potential, and a strip chart recorder to plot the solution potential thus indicating the endpoint. Sulfate concentrations as low as 0.5 meq/liter in the sample solution were determined by the potentiometric titration system. This semiautomated direct titration of sulfate has the advantages of increased sensitivity and speed as compared with the precipitation method.

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