(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

Variation in soil chemical properties along toposequences in an arid region of the Levant

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HATTAR B.I. (1) ; TAIMEH A.Y. (1) ; ZIADAT F.M. (1 2) ;
(1) Dep. of land, Water and Environment, Fac. of Agriculture, univ., JORDANIE
(2) International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Aleppo, SYRIENNE, REPUBLIQUE ARABE


The aim of this study was to examine the effect of hillslope characteristics on the variation of selected soil chemical properties in an arid Mediterranean climate in Jordan. At each of 5 selected transects 4 sites were chosen to represent 4 different topographic positions: summit, shoulder, backslope and toeslope. A soil profile was examined at each site and a representative sample from each horizon was withdrawn for chemical analyses. The analyses indicated that variation in the soil CEC is governed by 2 factors: the leaching pattern, which is controlled by hillslope position, and the accumulation of Eolian carbonates at the soil surface. The distribution of iron oxides and types of clay minerals indicated more weathering in a descending direction and with soil depth, which is attributed to higher availability of soil moisture along the same direction. These relationships suggested systematic variation of chemical properties along toposequences in this arid environment


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 83, no1 [pp. 34-45]

Bibliographic references : 40 ref.

Collation : 7 fig., 2 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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