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  1. Vol. 54 No. 5, p. 1206-1213
    Received: Jan 23, 1989

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Modeling Reactive Gas Uptake, Transport, and Transformation in Aggregated Soils

  1. Anders Rasmuson ,
  2. Thomas Gimmi and
  3. Hannes Flühler
  1. Dep. of Chemical Engineering, Chalmers Univ. of Technology, S-41296 Gothenburg, Sweden
    Dep. of Soil Physics, ETH-Zentrum, CH-8092 Zürich, Switzerland



Gas diffusion research in soils covers, to a large extent, the transport behavior of practically insoluble gases. We extend the mathematical description of gas transport to include reactive gaseous components that hydrolyze in water such as SO2 and CO2. The path between the free atmosphere and the microporous niches is modeled by assuming penetration through gas-filled macropores, air-water phase transfer, and diffusion and speciation in the liquid phase. For hydrolyzable gases, the rate of mass transfer into and the total absorption capacity of the soil solution may be high. Both the capacity and the transfer rate are influenced by the soil-solution pH; for high pH, they become extremely high for SO2. The soil absorption of such gases is also influenced by soil structure. Well-aerated, near-neutral soils are a potentially important sink for SO2.

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