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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-7047-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-7047-2015
Research article
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07 Dec 2015
Research article |  | 07 Dec 2015

Contrasting pH buffering patterns in neutral-alkaline soils along a 3600 km transect in northern China

W. T. Luo, P. N. Nelson, M.-H. Li, J. P. Cai, Y. Y. Zhang, Y. G. Zhang, S. Yang, R. Z. Wang, Z. W. Wang, Y. N. Wu, X. G. Han, and Y. Jiang

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Soil pH buffering capacity plays a crucial role in predicting acidification rates, yet its large-scale patterns and controls are poorly understood, especially for neutral-alkaline soils. Here, we evaluated the spatial patterns and drivers of pHBC along a massive 3600km transect of land in China, stretching from the country’s subarctic north to its arid deserts. We found distinct drivers of soil acidification processes in different types of soil across northern China, resulting in a new advance.
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