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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

A Simplified Ethylene Glycol Monoethyl Ether Procedure for Assessment of Soil Surface Area1


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  1. Vol. 43 No. 4, p. 821-822
    Received: Feb 21, 1979
    Accepted: Apr 16, 1979

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  1. L. J. Cihacek and
  2. J. M. Bremner2



Studies with 33 soils selected to obtain a wide range in properties showed that the surface area values obtained by an ethylene glycol monoethyl ether (EGME) procedure that omitted the customary pretreatments to remove organic matter and saturate the soil sample with Ca2+ were similar to, and very highly significantly correlated with, the values obtained when these time-consuming pretreatments were included. The surface area values obtained by the simplified EGME procedure were very highly significantly correlated with the clay contents and cation-exchange capacities of the soils studied.

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