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High-resolution reconstruction of atmospheric deposition of trace metals and metalloids since AD 1400 recorded by ombrotrophic peat cores in Hautes-Fagnes, Belgium

Allan, Mohammed and Le Roux, Gaël and De Vleeschouwer, François and Bindler, Richard and Blaauw, Maarten and Piotrowska, Natalia and Sikorski, Jarosław and Fagel, Nathalie High-resolution reconstruction of atmospheric deposition of trace metals and metalloids since AD 1400 recorded by ombrotrophic peat cores in Hautes-Fagnes, Belgium. (2013) Environmental Pollution, 178. 381-394. ISSN 0269-7491

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2013.03.018

Abstract

The objective of our study was to determine the trace metal accumulation rates in the Misten bog, Hautes-Fagnes, Belgium, and assess these in relation to established histories of atmospheric emissions from anthropogenic sources. To address these aims we analyzed trace metals and metalloids (Pb, Cu, Ni, As, Sb, Cr, Co, V, Cd and Zn), as well as Pb isotopes, using XRF, Q-ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS, respectively in two 40-cm peat sections, spanning the last 600 yr. The temporal increase of metal fluxes from the inception of the Industrial Revolution to the present varies by a factor of 5e50, with peak values found between AD 1930 and 1990. A cluster analysis combined with Pb isotopic composition allows the identification of the main sources of Pb and by inference of the other metals, which indicates that coal consumption and metallurgical activities were the predominant sources of pollution during the last 600 years.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The original publication is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com
HAL Id:hal-00977497
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT (FRANCE)
Other partners > Umea University (SWEDEN)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UPS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Liège (BELGIUM)
Other partners > Queen's University Belfast - QUB (UNITED KINGDOM)
Other partners > Silesian University of Technology (POLAND)
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Deposited By: Gael Le Roux
Deposited On:11 Apr 2014 09:20

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