Large scale impacts of acid deposition on forests and forest soils in the Netherlands

W. de Vries, E.E.J.M. Leeters, C.M.A. Hendriks, H. van Dobben, J. van den Burg, L.J.M. Boumans

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    Effects of elevated sulphur and nitrogen deposition on soil solution chemistry are mainly manifested by increased concentrations of toxic aluminium associated with increased concentrations of sulphate and nitrate. Elevated nitrogen deposition also affected the forest nutrient status and caused large changes in forest vegetation. About half of the Dutch forests have foliar nitrogen contents exceeding a critical limit. Field evidence of a relationship between soil acidification and nutrient imbalances in the soil and the foliage on the one hand and the vitality of forests (mainly expressed by defoliation class) on the other hand is, however, lacking.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAcid rain research: do we have enough answers?; proceedings of a speciality conference, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, 10-12 October 1994. Amsterdam etc., Elsevier, 1995. Stud. environ. Sci. 64
    EditorsG.J. Heij, J.W. Erisman
    Publication statusPublished - 1995


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