Potassium persulfate oxidizes the humic acids, which are orgnic
compounds. I suppose other oxidizing agents like bleach would work, but
who'd want to handle that instead of the safer potassuim persulfate?
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When you fuse or melt the soil sample with persulfate, it converts the
organic matter (including humic acids) to its carbonate or carbon
dioxide. There are various fluxes for silicate containing materials
(soil) and the choice depends on the type of metal you want to
determine in it.
Potassium persulfate would be perhaps more suitable, safer to handle
than other fluxes.
If your object is to destroy organic matter in your soil sample, you
can use sodium peroxide , potassium chlorate, potassium nitrate or
sometime sodium carbonate with one of these is used. Consult your
instructor before using any of these substances.