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Name: Patricia B.
Status: Student
Age: 40s
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Date: March 2001


Question:
What determines the pH level of sand?



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Patricia,

Sand, like all natural soils has various components. Although pure sand is mostly silica and would have a neutral pH of 7, natural sand has a healthy dose of salt and some organic matter. These natural "impurities" of sand would give it a different pH from neutral.

David R. Cook
Atmospheric Research Section
Environmental Research Division
Argonne National Laboratory



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