Transport of Steroids in Soil Under Field Conditions

  • Laurence S. Shore
  • Francis X.M. Casey
Part of the Emerging Topics in Ecotoxicology book series (ETEP, volume 1)


Although the behavior of soils in batch experiments has been extensively described, there is little field work on actual soils. After amendment with animal manures, nearly all of the estrogen is found bound to the topsoil. In contrast, testo­sterone readily penetrates the vadose zone and reaches the groundwater. However, in some situations like water saturated soils or karst formation, estrogen also can reach the groundwater.


Vadose Zone Preferential Flow Testosterone Concentration Lysimeter Water Fecal Coliform Count 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.North Dakota State UniversityFargoUSA

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