ZINC ADSORPTION IN DIFFERENT CALCAREOUS SOILS
Zinc adsorption was studied for ten selective representative soils according the difference amount of
clay content, calcium carbonate and organic matter in Duhok governorate, Iraqi-Kurdistan region
included (Kanimasi-1&2, Batofa, Zakho, Assih, Semeel, Khanke, Faydi, Zawita and Bamarny locations).
Samples were air dried and sieved through a 2-mm sieve to study the physical and chemical
characteristics of the soils, forms of zinc and it’s adsorption. Results showed the soluble, DTPA
extractable zinc (available), CaCl2 extractable zinc (exchangeable) and total zinc ranged between (0.29 –
0.94), (0.88 – 1.64), (1.71 – 2.05), and (12.25 – 56.15) mg kg-1
respectively. Negative significant correlation
found between soluble zinc with pH, also negative significant correlation found between DTPA extractable
zinc with exchangeable potassium, bicarbonate and available phosphorus but positive significant
correlation found between CaCl2 extractable zinc with pH, total–Zn negatively affected with pH and
positively with HCO3 and sand. Results demonstrated that by increasing added zinc concentration to
studied soil zinc will be adsorbed zinc adsorbed greatly at temperature 25°C and 48°C. In general total
zinc adsorbed at 25C° in six concentrations was less than zinc adsorbed at 48C°. At temperatures 25°C
and 48°C the high total amount of zinc adsorbed found in the soil of Zawita and Zakho respectively, but
the lower total zinc adsorbed observed in soil of Batofa and Kani masi-2. The quantity of adsorption
affected positively by presence of clay, calcium carbonate, active calcium carbonate and cation exchange
capacity and negatively affected by the ion concentration of bicarbonate, calcium, potassium, organic
matter and sand content.
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