Evaluating dispersive potential to identify the threshold electrolyte concentration in non-dispersive soils

Dang, A. and Bennett, J. and Marchuk, A. and Biggs, A. and Raine, S. (2018) Evaluating dispersive potential to identify the threshold electrolyte concentration in non-dispersive soils. Soil Research, 56 (6). pp. 549-559. ISSN 1838-675X


Use of non-traditional and marginal quality saline sodic water will increase in water limited environments and methods to assess use suitability are required. The threshold electrolyte concentration (CTH) defines the soil solution concentration, for a given soil solution sodicity, at which an acceptable reduction in the soil hydraulic conductivity (10–25%) is maintained without further soil structural degradation. The traditional method of determining CTH is via leaching columns, which are laborious and often expensive. Dispersive potential (PDIS) is potentially a more rapid method with which to determine the CTH in a practical sense and make management recommendations for water quality use on a given soil. This work evaluated the PDIS method against known CTH data to determine the efficacy of use for non-dispersive soils irrigated with marginal quality saline sodic water. Results suggest that the PDIS approach to CTH did not reliably, or efficiently, determine the CTH in non-dispersive soils equilibrated with an irrigation solution. Using it to determine the aggregation and dispersion boundary for initially non-dispersive soil appeared to have merit, but only where the aggregates equilibrated with the irrigation solution were subject to rapid dilution with deionised water.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2018 02:51
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2019 01:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: dispersion, equilibration, sodium absorption ratio, electrical conductivity, marginal quality water
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050304 Soil Chemistry (excl. Carbon Sequestration Science)
05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050302 Land Capability and Soil Degradation
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1071/SR17304
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34766

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