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Leaf-mold, Soil absorption and adsorption


The subject of soil absorption is an old one, dating back to before 1850. The nature of soil absorption has been, and still is, a puzzle, in spite of the vast amount of work that has been done in the last few years. Two theories have been held as the cause of the absorption. The first is that the absorption is chemical, the compounds being changed into insoluble ones by double decomposition. The second is that the salts or radicals are physically held, that is, adsorbed by the soil particles. These theories have been held separately and combined.