The effects of pH and chloride concentration on mercury sorption. II. By a soil


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The pH of a soil was altered by incubation with either acid or lime, and the sorption of mercury was measured in the absence of chloride and at three chloride concentrations. In the absence of chloride there were only small effects of pH on sorption between pH 4 and 6; sorption decreased at higher pH. Addition of chloride decreased sorption at low pH but had little effect on sorption at high pH. Consequently, in the presence of chloride, sorption increased with increasing pH between pH 4 and 6 and then decreased. Many of the mercury sorption curves were sigmoid. This was explained by assuming that a small amount of complexing material was present in the solution after mixing with the soil. Calculation of the mercury species present in solution was made difficult by uncertainties about the postulated complexing material. Nevertheless, between pH 4 and pH 5.8, it was possible to explain the effects of pH and of chloride concentration on sorption as entirely due to changes in the HgOH+ concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-312
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Soil Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992


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