The physico-chemical properties of four soil series in Tasik Chini, Pahang, Malaysia

Muhammad Barzani Gasim, Ismail Sahid, Sujaul Islam Mir, Sahibin @ Sahibini Abd Rahim, Mohd. Ekhwan Toriman

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A total of 20 topsoil (0-20 cm) and 36 subsoil (0-50 cm) samples were collected from four soil series namely the Malacca, Rasau, Bungor and Gong Chenak. The Physico-chemical properties such as particle size distribution, texture, Organic Matter content (OM), density, porosity, pH, Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC), Electrical Conductivity (EC), available nutrients and the presence of selected heavy metals were analyzed by the standard methods. The analysis showed that the subsoil and topsoil of the Rasau soil series consisted mainly of sandy loam, whereas the Bungor, Malacca and Gong Chenak soil series were mainly of clayey texture. The organic matter content of the Rasau soil series was very low; for the Malacca and Bungor series the organic matter content was low. The Gong Chenak soil series contained comparatively high OM content. Soil physical properties showed higher bulk density values in the disturbed soil horizons than in the undisturbed forest soils. All the soils studied had low pH and low electrical conductivity. The cation exchange capacity of all the soil series was low with values of less than 13.34 meq/100 g soil. The available phosphorus (P) and magnesium (Mg) values of all the soil series were low and very low, while available potassium (K) values were acceptable. Result of heavy metals analysis indicated that some heavy metals such as Pb, Zn, Cu, Co, Ni, Cr and Cd were present in all the soil series but occurred in low concentrations below the critical level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-84
Number of pages10
JournalAsian Journal of Earth Sciences
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Malaysia
chemical property
physicochemical properties
soil
soil organic matter
heavy metals
organic matter
cation exchange capacity
subsoil
heavy metal
topsoil
electrical conductivity
texture
disturbed soils
soil horizons
particle size distribution
soil physical properties
soil horizon
forest soils
sandy loam

Keywords

  • Available nutrients
  • Bulk density
  • Heavy metals
  • Physico-chemical properties
  • Porosity
  • Soil profile
  • Soil texture

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Ecology

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The physico-chemical properties of four soil series in Tasik Chini, Pahang, Malaysia. / Gasim, Muhammad Barzani; Sahid, Ismail; Mir, Sujaul Islam; Abd Rahim, Sahibin @ Sahibini; Toriman, Mohd. Ekhwan.

In: Asian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2011, p. 75-84.

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Gasim, Muhammad Barzani ; Sahid, Ismail ; Mir, Sujaul Islam ; Abd Rahim, Sahibin @ Sahibini ; Toriman, Mohd. Ekhwan. / The physico-chemical properties of four soil series in Tasik Chini, Pahang, Malaysia. In: Asian Journal of Earth Sciences. 2011 ; Vol. 4, No. 2. pp. 75-84.
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