chapter  12
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Soil Solution

From the viewpoint of a soil chemist, the soil solution may be dened as “the aqueous liquid phase in soil with a composition that is in¥uenced by exchanges of matter and energy with soil air, soil solid phases, the biota, and the gravitational eld of the

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earth” (Sposito, 2008). By dening it as a phase, Sposito implicitly requires that the soil solution has uniform bulk properties (such as composition and temperature) and can be isolated from the soil. ¤e requirement of uniformity can be met only on small scales of time and space because of the dynamic and spatially variable nature of soils.