Changes in soil aeration and soil respiration of simulated grave soils after quicklime application.

Mordhorst, Anneka, Zimmermann, Iris, Fleige, Heiner and Horn, Rainer (2017) Changes in soil aeration and soil respiration of simulated grave soils after quicklime application. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 180 (2). pp. 153-164. DOI 10.1002/jpln.201600351.

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Abstract

The decomposition of buried human remains on cemeteries can be delayed in poorly aerated graves due to high water levels and a low permeable pore system for oxygen and water transport. With aim to improve the soil aeration properties in the burial environment, the addition of quicklime (CaO) to the grave backfill was tested. Quicklime is expected to promote a stronger aggregation and stabilization of the backfilled soil mainly by forcing an immediate dehydration and particle cementation processes.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: oxygen diffusivity grave simulations CaO application structure melioration soil backfilling microbial activity
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1002/jpln.201600351
ISSN: 1436-8730
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2018 11:59
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 08:46
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/41628

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