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Metal contamination in the lichen Alectoria sarmentosa near the copper smelter of Murdochville, Québec

Aznar, Jean-Christophe; Richer-Laflèche, Marc; Cluis, Daniel (2008). Metal contamination in the lichen Alectoria sarmentosa near the copper smelter of Murdochville, Québec Environmental Pollution , vol. 156 , nº 1. p. 76-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2007.12.037.

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Lichens were used to evaluate the metal pollution in a forest ecosystem around the smelter of Murdochville, Canada. As reached values 5.8 times higher in the smelter vicinity than in the ‘background’ sites. This enrichment was 2 times higher for 3 metals (Cu, Cd and Pb). The highest As, Ba, Cd, Cu, and Pb concentrations in lichens were 4, 112, 1, 23, 50 and 952 mg/kg respectively. Contamination declined exponentially with increasing distance from the smelter and was related to elevation and slope exposition to the smelter flux. 206Pb/207Pb and 206Pb/204Pb ratios were low close to the smelter (1.16 and 18), but increased with distance to constant values (1.19 and 18.7) and showed an inverse correlation with lead concentrations. Forest contamination was detectable up to 30 km from the smelter.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: 206Pb/207Pb and 206Pb/204Pb ratios; lead; arsenic; air pollution
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 08 janv. 2021 19:15
Dernière modification: 13 janv. 2021 13:58
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/10881

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