Possible effects of irrigation with wastewater on the clay mineralogy of some Australian clayey soils: laboratory study

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Marchuk, Serhiy, Churchman, Jock and Rengasamy, Pichu. 2016. "Possible effects of irrigation with wastewater on the clay mineralogy of some Australian clayey soils: laboratory study." Soil Research. 54 (7), pp. 857-868. https://doi.org/10.1071/SR14373
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Possible effects of irrigation with wastewater on the clay mineralogy of some Australian clayey soils: laboratory study

ERA Journal ID5248
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMarchuk, Serhiy (Author), Churchman, Jock (Author) and Rengasamy, Pichu (Author)
Journal TitleSoil Research
Journal Citation54 (7), pp. 857-868
Number of Pages12
Year2016
PublisherCSIRO Publishing
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN0004-9573
1446-568X
1838-675X
1838-6768
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1071/SR14373
Web Address (URL)https://www.publish.csiro.au/sr/SR14373
Abstract

Potassium is common in a wide variety of wastewaters and in some wastewaters is present at several hundred to several thousand mg L–1. Potassium is taken up by expandable clays leading to its fixation and illitisation of smectitic and vermiculitic layers. Hence the addition of wastewaters to soils may lead to mineralogical changes in the soils that affect their physico-chemical properties.

Winery wastewater was equilibrated with clay-rich soils from Southern Australia. X-ray diffraction patterns and chemical composition of clays extracted from untreated and treated soils were determined. In three of the four soils, shifts in peak positions occurred towards more illitic components along with increases in K and sometimes also Mg and Na contents of soil clays. Peak decomposition showed trends towards the formation of interstratifications of illite with smectite at the expense of smectite and an alteration of poorly crystallised illite into its more well-ordered forms. The results show that illitisation may occur as a result of the addition of K-rich wastewaters to clayey soils.

Keywordsdecomposition of XRD, potassium, soil clay
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410604. Soil chemistry and soil carbon sequestration (excl. carbon sequestration science)
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