Diminished Soil Quality in an Old-Growth, Mixed Mesophytic Forest Following Chronic Acid Deposition

@inproceedings{DeForest2011DiminishedSQ,
  title={Diminished Soil Quality in an Old-Growth, Mixed Mesophytic Forest Following Chronic Acid Deposition},
  author={Jared L. DeForest and B. McCarthy},
  year={2011}
}
  • Jared L. DeForest, B. McCarthy
  • Published 2011
  • Environmental Science
  • Abstract Human activities have increased acid deposition throughout the Ohio River Valley due to the large number of coal-fired power-generating facilities. The long-term effects of chronic acid deposition can include a decrease in soil pH, loss of soil fertility, and a decrease in base saturation—all of which can reduce forest productivity. Dysart Woods, a remnant old-growth, mixed mesophytic forest in eastern Ohio, has experienced a decrease in soil pH from 5.0 in 1971 to 4.6 in 1997, which… CONTINUE READING
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