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Mass balance of zinc redistribution during the pedogenesis of a soil developed on a natural geochemical anomaly

Abstract : Pedogenetic processes that redistribute soil elements over time have been considerably investigated and clearly identified. Nevertheless, the quantification of their respective influences on element redistribution is still poorly known, while soil protection requires extensive knowledge of their long-time depending evolution. The quantitative redistribution of elements is of prime importance in polluted soils, since the long-term environmental hazards depend on their potential mobility and biodisponibility, thus speciation. Among the elements frequently encountered in polluted soils and exhibiting a well-established phytotoxic nature, zinc is of great concern. Nevertheless, pollutions are too recent to observe or even predict the long-term behavior of zinc in polluted soils. An alternative approach is to study paleosoil developed on natural geochemical anomalies. Indeed, such paleosoils display zinc concentrations equivalent to those of polluted soils with the advantage to involve long pedological time of contact between the elements and the different soil phases. Our study aims at quantifying the long-term redistribution of zinc during the pedogenesis of a soil developed upon a natural geochemical anomaly. We first determined zinc speciation both in the parental material and in the solum, then quantified redistribution by mass balance calculations. This approach permits to estimate Zn outputs or inputs in the solum and to quantify its redistribution along the profile and among the different mineral phases.
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C. Laveuf, Sophie Cornu, Sylvain Drouin, Ary Bruand, S. Cacaly, et al.. Mass balance of zinc redistribution during the pedogenesis of a soil developed on a natural geochemical anomaly. Workshop on Modelling of Pedogenesis, Oct 2006, Orléans, France. ⟨hal-00122578⟩

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