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  1. Vol. 51 No. 5, p. 1152-1155
    Received: Jan 13, 1987

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A Simple Method for the Estimation of Calcium and Magnesium Carbonates in Soils1

  1. Y. E. El Mahi,
  2. I. S. Ibrahim,
  3. H. M. Abdel Magid and
  4. A. M. A. Eltilib *



A simple titrimetric method is described for the estimation of Ca and Mg carbonates in soils. It involves the determination of acid-soluble Ca and Mg of the carbonate phase after the removal of soluble and exchangeable cations by ammonium acetate (NH4OAc). Twenty-six tropical soils, which contain free carbonate, were used in this study. The results obtained by the proposed method were compared with those obtained by acid neutralization, calcimeter, and titrimetric methods. Analysis of variance revealed no significant difference between the percent CaCO3 equivalent obtained by the four methods when the acid neutralization method was corrected against proton adsorption. However, the proposed method has the advantage of estimating Ca and Mg carbonates. The proposed method requires no special equipment and is less time-consuming if it follows the routine determination of exchangeable cations or the cation exchange capacity (CEC).

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