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Author Różański, Szymon Łucjan ♦ Castejón, Jose Matias Peñas ♦ Fernández, Gregorio García
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2016
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Earth sciences
Subject Keyword Mercury ♦ Mobility ♦ Bioavailability ♦ Soils ♦ AMA ♦ Geology ♦ Hydrology/Water Resources ♦ Geochemistry ♦ Environmental Science and Engineering ♦ Terrestrial Pollution ♦ Biogeosciences
Abstract To understand the behaviour of mercury in soils and assess the risk of its toxicity, the forms in which the element is found in the environment must be detected. In the occurrence of favourable alkylation conditions (for example in floodplain soils), the content of methyl and ethyl mercury is higher. These Hg forms in comparison with mineral compounds are toxic for the same organisms in concentrations from 10 to 100 times lower. The research concerned eight selected soil profiles representing six different types of soils (Endogleyic Phaeozem, Endogleyic Fluvisol, Eutric Fluvisol, Haplic Luvisols, Brunic Arenosol, Albic Podzol) placed in croplands. The content of mobile (water soluble), available (DTPA-extractable) and bound with organic matter (NaOH-extractable) Hg forms was determined after thermal decomposition using AMA mercury analyser. The mobility as well as availability of mercury in the analysed soils was very low, with average percentage to 0.28 and 2.45 % of the total content of this metal, respectively. It was mainly dependent on texture, the amount of organic matter and soil pH. The percentage of mercury bound with organic matter ranged from 2.34 to 73.70 % of the total content of this metal and was correlated with amount of clay and Fe oxides. Considering these results, the hazard of migration of this element into deeper horizons of the soil profile and ground water is very low. Moreover, crops from the investigated area are not at risk from mercury contamination.
ISSN 18666280
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2016-07-06
Publisher Place Berlin, Heidelberg
e-ISSN 18666299
Journal Environmental Earth Sciences
Volume Number 75
Issue Number 13
Page Count 11
Starting Page 1
Ending Page 11


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