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Anthropogenic impacts in North Poland over the last 1300 years - A record of Pb, Zn, Cu, Ni and S in an ombrotrophic peat bog

De Vleeschouwer, François and Fagel, Nathalie and Cheburkin, Andriy and Pazdur, Anna and Sikorski, Jarosław and Mattielli, Nadine and Renson, Virginie and Fialkiewicz, Barbara and Piotrowska, Natalia and Le Roux, Gaël Anthropogenic impacts in North Poland over the last 1300 years - A record of Pb, Zn, Cu, Ni and S in an ombrotrophic peat bog. (2009) Science of the Total Environment, 407 (21). 5674-5684. ISSN 0048-9697

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2009.07.020


Lead pollution history over Northern Poland was reconstructed for the last ca. 1300 years using the elemental and Pb isotope geochemistry of a dated Polish peat bog. The data show that Polish Pb–Zn ores and coal were the main sources of Pb, other heavy metals and S over Northern Poland up until the industrial revolution. After review of the potential mobility of each element, most of the historical interpretation was based on Pb and Pb isotopes, the other chemical elements (Zn, Cu, Ni, S) being considered secondary indicators of pollution. During the last century, leaded gasoline also contributed to anthropogenic Pb pollution over Poland. Coal and Pb–Zn ores, however, remained important sources of pollution in Eastern European countries during the last 50 years, as demonstrated by a high 206Pb/207Pb ratio (1.153) relative to that of Western Europe (ca. 1.10). The Pb data for the last century were also in good agreement with modelled Pb inventories over Poland and the Baltic region.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969709006780
HAL Id:hal-00987134
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Other partners > Universität Heidelberg (GERMANY)
Other partners > Université de Liège (BELGIUM)
Other partners > Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB (BELGIUM)
Other partners > Silesian University of Technology (POLAND)
Other partners > University of Silesia in Katowice (POLAND)
Other partners > Vrije Universiteit Brussel - VUB (BELGIUM)
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