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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2014, Article ID 748236, 8 pages
Research Article

Comparison of the Chemical Properties of Forest Soil from the Silesian Beskid, Poland

1Faculty of Chemistry, Silesian University of Technology, B. Krzywoustego Street 6, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
2Department of Energy Saving and Air Protection, Central Mining Institute, Pl. Gwarków 1, 40-166 Katowice, Poland

Received 20 May 2013; Revised 15 October 2013; Accepted 19 November 2013; Published 30 January 2014

Academic Editor: Athanasios Katsoyiannis

Copyright © 2014 Maria Zołotajkin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


There is spruce forests degradation observed in the Silesian Beskid. The aim of the work was the assessment of parameters diversifying organic layers of soils in two forest areas: degraded and healthy spruce forests of Silesian Beskid. 23 soil samples were collected from two fields—14 soil samples from a degraded forest and 9 soil samples from a forest, where pandemic dying of spruce is not observed. Implementation of hierarchical clustering to experimental data analysis allowed drawing a conclusion that the two forest areas vary significantly in terms of content of aluminium extracted with solutions of barium chloride (), sodium diphosphate (), and and in the amount of humus in soil.