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04 Oct 2016
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A revision of this discussion paper is under review for the journal Earth Surface Dynamics (ESurf).
Impact of different fertilizers on the carbonate weathering in a typical karst area, Southwest China: a field column experiment
Chao Song1,2, Changli Liu1, and Guilin Han2 1The Institute of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Shijiazhuang, 050803, Hebei, China
2School of Water Resources and Environment, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), Beijing, 100083, China
Abstract. Carbonate weathering, as a significant vector for the movement of carbon both between and within ecosystems, are strongly influenced by anthropogenic perturbations such as agricultural fertilization. Different fertilizer may exert a different impact on carbonate weathering, but their differences are not still well-known so far. In this study, a field column experiment was employed to explore the responses of carbonate weathering to different fertilizer addition. The eleven different treatments with three replicates including control, NH4NO3, NH4HCO3, NaNO3, NH4Cl, (NH4)2CO3, Ca3(PO4)2, (NH4)3PO4, fused calcium-magnesium phosphate fertilizer (Ca-Mg-P), Urea and K2CO3 were established in this column experiment, where limestone and dolostone tablets were buried at the bottom of each to determine the weathering amount and ratio of carbonate in soil. The result showed that the addition of urea, NH4NO3, NH4HCO3, NH4Cl and (NH4)2CO3 distinctly increased carbonate weathering, which was attributed to the nitrification of NH4+, and the addition of Ca3(PO4)2, Ca-Mg-P and K2CO3 induced carbonate precipitation due to common ion effect. Whereas the (NH4)3PO4 and NaNO3 addition did not impact significantly on carbonate weathering. The results of NaNO3 treatment seem to be raising a new question: the little impact of nitrate on carbonate weathering may result in the overestimation of impact of N-fertilizer on CO2 consumption by carbonate weathering at the regional/global scale if the effect of NO3 and NH4 are not distinguished. Moreover, in order to avoid misunderstanding more or less, the statement that nitrogenous fertilizer can aid carbonate weathering should be replaced by ammonium fertilizer.

Citation: Song, C., Liu, C., and Han, G.: Impact of different fertilizers on the carbonate weathering in a typical karst area, Southwest China: a field column experiment, Earth Surf. Dynam. Discuss.,, in review, 2016.
Chao Song et al.
Chao Song et al.
Chao Song et al.


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