Wiley Online Library. The cations include Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Hydrogen and Aluminium. The measurement of soil Aluminium (Al) using 1M KCl, which displaces the aluminium from the cation exchange sites with potassium; providing a measure of “Exchangeable Al”. 1.1 Aluminium chemistry in the soil Aluminium, bound as oxides and complex aluminosilicates, ranks third in abundance among the elements in the Earth's crust. The nature and content of exchangeable bases in a soil have an important bearing on its general properties. 1). Further, experience in other areas have shown that the aluminium saturation percent (ASP = Exchangeable aluminium/ Cation Exchange capacity x 100) increases quite dramatically once soil pH reaches a level of 6.0 and less – and in future all samples with pH (water) of 6.0 or less should have exchangeable aluminium measured. Exchangeable hydrogen is usually under 20%. As the M3 test is an acid extraction, it is not Soil exchangeable Al was In fact these cations initiate the process of particle aggregation in soil. The Mehlich3 Al test has no relationship with “plant available” aluminium. Wiley Online Library. Exchangeable Aluminum As a Criterion for Liming Leached Mineral Soils ... Aluminum, Methods of Soil Analysis, undefined, (275-300), (1983). As a consequence an exchangeable cation of aluminum, calcium or magnesium stays close to the clay particle and does not interfere with the cohesion between aggregated particles. One of the main factors limiting agricultural production in tropical climate regions is mainly related to the presence of exchangeable aluminum (Al3+) in highly weathered acid soils. testing of soil pH, exchangeable acidity and mobile aluminium (Al) status in profiles of pseudogley soils of ÿ a ak Kraljevo basin. The valence of an exchangeable cation therefore determines the double layer thickness. W. Van Lierop, Soil pH and Lime Requirement Determination, Soil Testing and Plant Analysis, undefined, (73-126), (1990). R. B. Grossman, C. R. Berdanier, Erosion Tolerance for Cropland: Application of the Soil Survey Data Base, Determinants of Soil Loss Tolerance, undefined, (113-130), (1982). These aluminium hydrolysis products can be re-adsorbed by the clay minerals causing further hydrolysis with the release of hydrogen (H +) ions in the soil solution and thereby develops soil acidity (lower soil pH). The Measurement of Exchangeable Aluminum in Soils and Clays ... Aluminum, Methods of Soil Analysis, undefined, (517-550), (1996). 3.3 Exchangeable Cations. N.B. The relationship between pH and aluminium species is depicted in Fig. 14.4. Exchangeable cations refer to the positively charged ions which are loosely attached to the edge of clay particles or organic matter in the soil. In all normal fertile soils the total exchangeable bases (Ca, Mg, K, Na) constitute about 80 to 90% of the cation adsorbing capacity. A sigmoidal curve described the relationship. Desp ite much research since Hartwell and Pember aluminium is involved. Results Soil pH and aluminium levels Over all soil sampling depths and liming rates, soil pH was strongly (R2 = 0.73) associated with soil exchangeable Al levels (Fig. Lime-Aluminium- Phosphorus Interactions in Acid Soils of the Kenya Highlands ... soil chemical properties and P adsorption. soil temperature, topsoil moisture) was measured on-site using an automated weather station.