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A study on the correlation of the properties of parent rock and soils of different geological origin

Pentari Despoina, Perdikatsis Vasilis, Lydakis-Simantiris Nikolaos, Apostolaki Chrysi-Yakinthi, D. Moraetis, E. Manutsoglu

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Year 2006
Type of Item Conference Short Paper
Bibliographic Citation D. Moraetis, V. Perdikatsis, D. Pentari, E. Manutsoglu, Ch. Apostolaki, and N. Lydakis – Simantiris. (2006, September). A Study on the Correlation of the Properties of Parent Rock and Soils of Different Geological Origin. Presenetd at 2nd International Conference on: "Advances in Mineral Resources Management and Environmental Geotechnology". [Online]. Available:
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The present study examines the nutrients and micronutrients availability of uncultivated soils originated from different parent rocks. The study areas include four types of parent rocks with different geological origin, from acidic to ultramafic. The parent rock mineralogy and the nutrients available in soils are in strong relationship. Mineralogy, particle size distribution and chemical composition of the soil samples were studied jointly with the nutrient content of soil solution. High magnesium availability in soils of Anogia area is related with the alteration products of the ultramafic rocks. Potassium content of the soils exhibits no relation with the geology of the area. Micronutrients, iron and manganese, shows strong dependence to the bulk chemistry and mineralogy of the parent rock material. In contrast no interrelation detected between zinc and copper availability in soil and parent material.

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