Reduced inorganic sulphur speciation in drain sediments from acid-sulfate soil landscapes
Burton, ED, Bush, RT & Sullivan, LA 2006, ‘Reduced inorganic sulphur speciation in drain sediments from acid-sulfate soil landscapes’, Technology Science & Technology, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 888 – 893.
We examined processes regulating reduced inorganic sulfur (RIS) speciation in drain sediments from coastal acid sulfate soil (ASS) landscapes. Pore water sulfide was undetectable or present at low levels (0.6-18.8 M), consistent with FeS(s) precipitation in the presence of high concentra tions of Fe2+ (generally >2 mM). Acid-volatile sulfide (AVS), with concentrations up to 1019 mol g-1, comprised a major proportion of RIS. The AVS to pyrite-S ratios were up to 2.6 in sediment profiles containing abundant reactive Fe (up to ~4000 mol g-1). Such high AVS:pyrite-S ratios are indicative of inefficient conversion of FeS(s) to pyrite. This may be due to low pore water sulfide levels causing slow rates of pyrite formation via the polysulfide and H2S oxidation pathways. Overall, RIS speciation in ASS-associated drain sediments is unique and is largely regulated by abundant reactive Fe.