Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
Solid Earth, 7, 549–556, 2016
Solid Earth, 7, 549–556, 2016

Research article 12 Apr 2016

Research article | 12 Apr 2016

Effect of soil coarseness on soil base cations and available micronutrients in a semi-arid sandy grassland

Linyou Lü et al.

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Short summary
Soil coarseness is the main process decreasing soil organic matter and threatening the productivity of sandy grasslands. Previous studies demonstrated negative effect of soil coarseness on soil carbon storage, but less is known about how soil base cations (exchangeable Ca, Mg, K, and Na) and available micronutrients (available Fe, Mn, Cu, and Zn) response to soil coarseness. In a semi-arid grassland of northern China, a field experiment was initiated in 2011 to solve this problem.