The objective of this study was to compare the results of calcimetric and dry combustion methods for quantitative estimation of soil total inorganic carbon (TIC). To this aim, 117 soil samples from three localities in the Mediterranean area (one in Spain and two in Southern Italy), representing a wide range of total inorganic carbon contents (ranging from 1.9 to 54 g 100 g−1 ), were collected. TIC (expressed as CaCO3 ) was quantified using the volumetric calcimeter method, as reference, and dry combustion in order to find an accurate and rapid method, suitable for different types of soils. The results revealed a concordance between the two methods compared, as shown by the recovery values close to one, for the whole data set and for data grouped per experimental site. Specifically, the dry combustion method showed slightly greater values of TIC compared to volumetric method, probably due to soil acid pretreatments, in dry combustion, and to an incomplete decomposition of carbonates that would require more time for removal, in a calcimeter method. Linear regression equations between the two methods were not affected by different soil types. Overall, our study demonstrated that the dry combustion was a reliable method and could provide accurate estimates of TIC in soils with different calcium carbonate content.

Comparison of two methods for total inorganic carbon estimation in three soil types in mediterranean area

Leogrande R.;Vivaldi G. A.;Stellacci A. M.
2021-01-01

Abstract

The objective of this study was to compare the results of calcimetric and dry combustion methods for quantitative estimation of soil total inorganic carbon (TIC). To this aim, 117 soil samples from three localities in the Mediterranean area (one in Spain and two in Southern Italy), representing a wide range of total inorganic carbon contents (ranging from 1.9 to 54 g 100 g−1 ), were collected. TIC (expressed as CaCO3 ) was quantified using the volumetric calcimeter method, as reference, and dry combustion in order to find an accurate and rapid method, suitable for different types of soils. The results revealed a concordance between the two methods compared, as shown by the recovery values close to one, for the whole data set and for data grouped per experimental site. Specifically, the dry combustion method showed slightly greater values of TIC compared to volumetric method, probably due to soil acid pretreatments, in dry combustion, and to an incomplete decomposition of carbonates that would require more time for removal, in a calcimeter method. Linear regression equations between the two methods were not affected by different soil types. Overall, our study demonstrated that the dry combustion was a reliable method and could provide accurate estimates of TIC in soils with different calcium carbonate content.
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