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Title: Sorption of cadmium by soils
Authors: National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Blom, Bruce E.
Keywords: Cadmium
Sewage treatment
Sewage disposal
Soil chemistry
Waste disposal
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Research report (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)) ; 320.
Description: Research Report
Abstract: A brief review of the literature on cadmium in the environment, with emphasis on its role in soils and water, is presented. Experimentally, the interaction of cadmium with two soils and one naturally occurring zeolite was examined using calcium-saturated and potassium-saturated samples. The soils preferentially bound cadmium in the presence of either calcium or potassium with decreasing cadmium selectivity as the fractional cadmium surface coverage increased. Cadmium sorption was relatively higher with the potassium soils as compared with the calcium soils. For the loamy fine sand this increase was accounted for by electroselectivity principles, while such reasoning was inadequate to explain the increases observed with the Charleton loam sample. The preference for cadmium over calcium, as measured by the selectivity coefficient, was higher for the sandy soil. The zeolite was found to be calcium-selective. A method for monitoring the flow of cadmium through soil columns was examined. The use of spatial filtering, involving Fourier transforms, was found to be a suitable technique for monitoring the changes in cadmium concentration as it flows through soils. The experimental technique involves the use of gamma-emitting metal isotopes in conjunction with an external scintillation counter; thus the soil column remains undisturbed and may be used for several experiments.
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