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Title

Assessment of a Smelter Impact Area Using Surface Soils and Plants

AuthorsFernandez-Turiel, J. L. ; Aceñolaza, Pablo G.; Medina, María E.; Llorens, J. F.; Sardi, F.
KeywordsArgentina
Contamination
Lead
Plant
Smelter
Soil
Trace element
Issue Date2001
PublisherSpringer
CitationEnvironmental Geochemistry and Health 23(1): 65-78 (2001)
AbstractThe concentrations of 37 trace elements (Ag, Ba, Be, Cd, Ce, Co, Cr, Cs, Cu, Dy, Er, Ga, Gd, Ge, La, Li, Mo, Nb, Nd, Ni, Pb, Pr, Rb, Sb, Sm, Sn, Sr, Tb, Th, Tl, U, V, W, Y, Yb, Zn and Zr) were determined by ICP-MS in surface soils and plants (Sida rhombifolia) sampled around a lead smelter in Lastenia, Province of Tucuman, NW Argentina. Soil and plant patterns of Pb, Cd, Ag, Zn and Cu demonstrate the effects of pollutant dispersion plumes following the prevalent wind directions. The high element concentrations observed, especially Pb (>5,000 mg/kg), could cause serious environmental problems in areas of close proximity to the smelter. Consequently, measures to assess potential consequences for the local population should be considered to determine if measures to protect the environment are necessary.
Description14 páginas, 6 figuras, 3 tablas.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1011071704610
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/31662
DOI10.1023/A:1011071704610
ISSN0269-4042
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