Short Communications/Kort Mededelings

The effect of lime, KCl and parent material on the cation exchange capacity of some acid subsoils of the western Cape

Published in: South African Journal of Plant and Soil
Volume 6, issue 2, 1989 , pages: 143–147
DOI: 10.1080/02571862.1989.10634500
Author(s): J. Wooldridge, Republic of South Africa


Cation exchange capacity (CEC) values obtained by 22Na dilution for a number of mineralogically diverse acid subsoils reflected positive responses to lime and to treatment with KCl such that: CEC (unlimed, no KCl) < (unlimed + KCl) < (limed, no KCl) < (limed + KCl). Mean CEC values for the kaolinitic granite soils and for the 2:1 mineral-containing Bokkeveld shale (BS) soils were similar. This similarity masked a wider variability in the CEC values observed for the BS than for the granite soils, particularly in terms of response to lime. The Table Mountain sandstone (TMS) soils had a lower mean CEC but a wider variation between treatments. Overall CEC responses to liming and to applied K respectively, were: TMS > BS > > granite; and: TMS > > granite > BS. CEC values per kg clay−1 increased exponentially with decreasing soil clay content, probably as a function of dilution.

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