Inorganic Carbon: Composition and Formation

Authored by: Larry P. Wilding , H. Curtis Monger

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
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It has become increasingly common for “soil inorganic carbon” to mean soil carbonate mineral carbon, mainly CaCO3. In the strict sense, however, inorganic carbon not only encompasses carbon in carbonate minerals, but also carbon in the carbonic acid system. The carbonic acid system includes gaseous carbon dioxide, aqueous carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, bicarbonate ion, and carbonate ion.

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