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Environmental fate & pathways

Biodegradation in soil

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Soil biodegradation studies with calcium carbonate are not required due to the inorganic nature of calcium carbonate and its low potential for adsorption to soil.

Calcium carbonate is an inorganic substance and does not undergo biodegradation i.e. microbial degradation to carbon dioxide and water. Calcium carbonate will be degraded in the environment by means other than biodegradation. The ions will dissociate; calcium will be assimilated by species in the water and is necessary to maintain a good chemical balance in soils, water and plants and carbonate will become part of the carbon cycle.

Furthermore, calcium carbonate has a propensity to leach through soil if water is applied, i.e. it does have some mobility through soil, providing sufficient water is present. As it moves downwards into layers where the water content is low, the leaching will stop. On this basis, calcium carbonate does not have a high potential for adsorption to soil.