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Author Nriagu, J. O.
Sponsorship USDOE
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES ♦ AIR POLLUTION ♦ HISTORICAL ASPECTS ♦ CHEMICAL COMPOSITION ♦ LEAD ♦ ECOLOGICAL CONCENTRATION ♦ COPPER ♦ MERCURY
Abstract With the discovery of mining and metal-working techniques in ancient times, the close link between metals, metals pollution, and human history was formed. This discusses recent papers documenting the spread of atmospheric metal pollution. Many ancient mines in Central Europe were reopened beginning about the 11th century A.D., but the development of large furnaces with tall stacks during the 16th century drastically extended the influence of smelters and industrial installations. Using ice core, bog, and aquatic sediment analysis, the paleopollution has been traced globally. 12 refs., 1 fig.
ISSN 00368075
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1996-04-12
Publisher Place United States
Journal Science
Volume Number 272
Issue Number 5259


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