Sensitivity of Forest Soils in the Western U.S. to Acidic Deposition

  • D. Binkley
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 97)


Air pollutants, including acidic deposition, may affect forests through direct impacts on leaves, or through indirect effects on soil chemistry, microbiology, and tree roots. A great deal of interest and research has been focused on the effects of acidic deposition on forest soils; for reviews see Berdén et al. (1987) for Scandanavia, Schulze et al. (1989) for Germany, and Binkley et al. (1989a) for the southeastern United States. Much less attention has been focused on the response of forest soils to acidic deposition in the western United States, due to the lack of evidence for widespread forest decline and to the relatively low rates of acidic deposition in the West.


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