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Acidic Deposition and Forest Soils: Context and Case Studies of the Southeastern United States

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Basic foundation for non-experts and detailed information for experts. Covers background information on acidic deposition and the nature of soil acidity. Then, for the region, discusses patterns of nitrogen and sulphur buildings, the nature of the forest soils, previous evaluations of the soils' sensitivity, nutrient cycles and limitations, simulations of potential impact, and recommendations. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461281672
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: Ecological Studies Series , #72
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1989
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 149
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.- Purpose of the assessment.- Structure of the assessment.- Background on why this has become an important topic.- Lakes versus forests.- Concerns over effects on forests.- Pathways of acidic deposition impacts.- The uncertain nature of truth in ecosystem studies.- 2. The nature of soil acidity and H+ budgets.- Weak acid behavior of soils.- Changes in soil acidity involving the dynamics of weak and strong acids.- Sulfur, nitrogen and H+ budgets.- Loblolly pine case studies.- 3. Magnitudes and patterns of nitrogen and sulfur deposition in the South.- Sources of acids in the atmosphere.- Anthropogenic emissions of sulfur and nitrogen.- Modes of deposition.- Atmospheric deposition in the South.- Trends in deposition rates.- 4. Forest soils of the South.- Climate.- Regional geomorphology and soils.- Coastal Plain.- Mississippi River Valley.- Piedmont.- Blue Ridge.- Ridge and Valley.- Appalachian Plateaus.- Interior Low Plateau.- Ouachita Uplands.- Ozark Plateau.- Central Lowlands.- Importance in soil acidification.- 5. Previous evaluations of sensitivity of southern soils.- Site-specific studies.- Previous regional assessments of soil sensitivity to acidic deposition.- Critique of criteria for gauging soil sensitivity.- 6. Nutrient cycles and nutrient limitations in the South.- The nitrogen cycle.- The sulfur cycle.- The nutrient cation cycles.- Cycles of other elements.- Nutrient limitations on forest growth in the South.- Conclusions.- 7. Simulation of the potential impacts of acidic deposition on forest soils in the South.- The MAGIC model.- Our approach.- Simulation results.- Discussion of simulation results and implications.- Conclusions from simulations.- 8. Synthesis and recommendations.- References.

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