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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291791/three-dimensional-preservation-of-cellular-and-subcellular-structures-suggests-1-6-billion-year-old-crown-group-red-algae
#1
Stefan Bengtson, Therese Sallstedt, Veneta Belivanova, Martin Whitehouse
The ~1.6 Ga Tirohan Dolomite of the Lower Vindhyan in central India contains phosphatized stromatolitic microbialites. We report from there uniquely well-preserved fossils interpreted as probable crown-group rhodophytes (red algae). The filamentous form Rafatazmia chitrakootensis n. gen, n. sp. has uniserial rows of large cells and grows through diffusely distributed septation. Each cell has a centrally suspended, conspicuous rhomboidal disk interpreted as a pyrenoid. The septa between the cells have central structures that may represent pit connections and pit plugs...
March 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287717/reaction-rates-in-chemically-heterogeneous-rock-coupled-impact-of-structure-and-flow-properties-studied-by-x-ray-microtomography
#2
Yousef Al-Khulaifi, Qingyang Lin, Martin J Blunt, Branko Bijeljic
We study dissolution in a chemically heterogeneous medium consisting of two minerals with contrasting initial structure and transport properties. We perform a reactive transport experiment using CO2 saturated brine at reservoir conditions in a mm-scale composite core comprised of Silurian dolomite and Ketton limestone (calcite) arranged in series. We repeatedly image the composite core using X-ray micro-tomography (XMT) and collect effluent to assess the individual mineral dissolution. The mineral dissolution from image analysis was comparable to that measured from effluent analysis, using Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)...
March 13, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283029/legal-immigrants-invasion-of-alien-microbial-communities-during-winter-occurring-desert-dust-storms
#3
Tobias Weil, Carlotta De Filippo, Davide Albanese, Claudio Donati, Massimo Pindo, Lorenzo Pavarini, Federico Carotenuto, Massimiliano Pasqui, Luisa Poto, Jacopo Gabrieli, Carlo Barbante, Birgit Sattler, Duccio Cavalieri, Franco Miglietta
BACKGROUND: A critical aspect regarding the global dispersion of pathogenic microorganisms is associated with atmospheric movement of soil particles. Especially, desert dust storms can transport alien microorganisms over continental scales and can deposit them in sensitive sink habitats. In winter 2014, the largest ever recorded Saharan dust event in Italy was efficiently deposited on the Dolomite Alps and was sealed between dust-free snow. This provided us the unique opportunity to overcome difficulties in separating dust associated from "domestic" microbes and thus, to determine with high precision microorganisms transported exclusively by desert dust...
March 10, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281141/oxidative-potential-op-and-mineralogy-of-iron-ore-particulate-matter-at-the-gol-e-gohar-mining-and-industrial-facility-iran
#4
Naghmeh Soltani, Behnam Keshavarzi, Armin Sorooshian, Farid Moore, Christina Dunster, Ana Oliete Dominguez, Frank J Kelly, Prakash Dhakal, Mohamad Reza Ahmadi, Sina Asadi
Concentrations of total suspended particulate matter, particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter <2.5 μm (PM2.5), particulate matter <10 μm (PM10), and fallout dust were measured at the Iranian Gol-E-Gohar Mining and Industrial Facility. Samples were characterized in terms of mineralogy, morphology, and oxidative potential. Results show that indoor samples exceeded the 24-h PM2.5 and PM10 mass concentration limits (35 and 150 µg m(-3), respectively) set by the US National Ambient Air Quality Standards...
March 9, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265834/characteristics-and-quality-of-reservoir-sediments-mujib-dam-central-jordan-as-a-case-study
#5
Nazem El-Radaideh, Ahmed A Al-Taani, Wesam M Al Khateeb
This paper focuses on characterizing the current status of physiochemical properties of Mujib Dam sediments. Five types of granulometric textural facies were observed for the bottom sediments of Mujib reservoir bed; these are clayey facies, clayey-silt facies, sand-silt-clay facies, sand facies, and granule facies. This average grain size will likely play a vital role in adsorption-desorption of the majority trace metals to the reservoir lake. Other sediment parameters including the total averages were 5.9% (total organic matter (TOM)), 7...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251545/impact-of-tillage-practices-on-soil-bacterial-diversity-and-composition-under-the-tobacco-rice-rotation-in-china
#6
Yanping Lei, Yongliang Xiao, Lifeng Li, Chaoqiang Jiang, Chaolong Zu, Tian Li, Hui Cao
Tobacco-rice rotation is a common farming system in south China, and many tillage practices such as straw mulching, dolomite dust, and quicklime application have been adopted to improve crop production. These agricultural management practices alter soil physical and chemical properties and affect microbial life environment and community composition. In this research, six tillage practices including no tobacco and rice straw mulching (CK), tobacco and rice straw mulching (TrSr), rice straw returning fire (TrSc), tobacco and rice straw mulching with dolomite dust (TSD), rice straw returning fire and quicklime (TSQ), and rice straw returning fire, quicklime and reduced fertilizer (TSQf) were conducted to detect changes in soil bacterial diversity and composition using Illumina sequencing...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249180/release-of-hydrogen-sulfide-during-microwave-pyrolysis-of-sewage-sludge-effect-of-operating-parameters-and-mechanism
#7
Jun Zhang, Wei Zuo, Yu Tian, Linlin Yin, Zhenlong Gong, Jie Zhang
The effects of sludge characteristics, pyrolysis temperature, heating rate and catalysts on the release of H2S and mechanism of H2S formation during sludge pyrolysis were investigated in a microwave heating reactor (MHR). The evolution of sulfur-containing compounds in the pyrolysis chars obtained at temperature range of 400-800°C was characterized by XPS. For a given temperature, the maximum concentration of H2S appeared at moisture content of 80%. Compared to the influence of heating rate on the H2S yields, pyrolysis temperature and catalyst played a more significant role on the release of H2S during microwave pyrolysis process...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224337/influence-of-ameliorating-soil-acidity-with-dolomite-on-the-priming-of-soil-c-content-and-co2-emission
#8
Muhammad Shaaban, Lei Wu, Qi-An Peng, Lukas van Zwieten, Muhammad Afzal Chhajro, Yupeng Wu, Shan Lin, Muhammad Mahmood Ahmed, Muhammad Salman Khalid, Muhammad Abid, Ronggui Hu
Lime or dolomite is commonly implemented to ameliorate soil acidity. However, the impact of dolomite on CO2 emissions from acidic soils is largely unknown. A 53-day laboratory study was carried out to investigate CO2 emissions by applying dolomite to an acidic Acrisol (rice-rapeseed rotation [RR soil]) and a Ferralsol (rice-fallow/flooded rotation [RF soil]). Dolomite was dosed at 0, 0.5, and 1.5 g 100 g(-1) soil, herein referred to as CK, L, and H, respectively. The soil pH(H2O) increased from 5.25 to 7...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204976/variation-in-whole-dna-methylation-in-red-maple-acer-rubrum-populations-from-a-mining-region-association-with-metal-contamination-and-cation-exchange-capacity-cec-in-podzolic-soils
#9
K N Kalubi, M Mehes-Smith, G Spiers, A Omri
Although a number of publications have provided convincing evidence that abiotic stresses such as drought and high salinity are involved in DNA methylation reports on the effects of metal contamination, pH, and cation exchange on DNA modifications are limited. The main objective of the present study is to determine the relationship between metal contamination and Cation exchange capacity (CEC) on whole DNA modifications. Metal analysis confirms that nickel and copper are the main contaminants in sampled sites within the Greater Sudbury Region (Ontario, Canada) and liming has increased soil pH significantly even after 30 years following dolomitic limestone applications...
February 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165773/greenhouse-gas-emissions-from-a-cu-contaminated-soil-remediated-by-in-situ-stabilization-and-phytomanaged-by-a-mixed-stand-of-poplar-willows-and-false-indigo-bush
#10
M Šimek, D Elhottová, M Mench, L Giagnoni, P Nannipieri, G Renella
Phytomanagement of trace element-contaminated soils can reduce the soil toxicity and restore the soil ecological functions, including the soil gas exchange with the atmosphere. We studied the emission rate of the greenhouse gases (GHG) CO2, CH4 and N2O, and the potential CH4 oxidation, denitrification activity (DEA) and glucose mineralization of a Cu-contaminated soil amended with dolomitic limestone and compost, alone or in combination, after a 2 year-phytomanagement with a mixed stand of Populus nigra, Salix viminalis, S...
February 6, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153810/characterization-of-ceramic-ware-fragments-from-aizanoi-turkey-by-micro-raman-xrpd-and-sem-edx-spectrometry
#11
Evin Caner, Bilge Alp Güney
Ceramic fragments from the antique city of Aizanoi, Turkey were investigated by micro Raman spectrometry in conjunction with XRPD and SEM-EDX analyses. Some basic physical characteristics of the ceramic samples were also investigated. Illite and muscovite were determined as the main clay types in the ceramic fragments. Clay used in the production of ceramic wares was found to be calcareous in most of the samples. No high temperature clay minerals were detected in the ceramics. All ceramic fragments were found to be rich in iron content...
April 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110455/influence-of-environmental-and-anthropogenic-factors-at-the-bottom-sediments-in-a-doce-river-tributary-in-brazil
#12
Deyse Almeida Dos Reis, Aníbal da Fonseca Santiago, Laura Pereira Nascimento, Hubert Mathias Peter Roeser
In developing countries, it is uncommon to find watersheds that have been the object of detailed environmental studies. It makes the assessment of the magnitude of environmental impacts and pollution of these sites difficult. This research demonstrated ways to understand the dynamics of river bottom sediments contamination, even for watersheds with a lack of environmental data. Based on geochemical affinity, we conducted a comprehensive study on the concentration of metals and metalloids. Then, we discussed the probable origin of the concentration of these elements at the bottom sediment along the Matipó River...
January 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063184/biologically-agglutinated-eukaryotic-microfossil-from-cryogenian-cap-carbonates
#13
K R Moore, T Bosak, F A Macdonald, D J G Lahr, S Newman, C Settens, S B Pruss
Cryogenian cap carbonates that overlie Sturtian glacial deposits were formed during a post-glacial transgression. Here, we describe microfossils from the Kakontwe Formation of Zambia and the Taishir Formation of Mongolia-both Cryogenian age, post-Sturtian cap carbonates-and investigate processes involved in their formation and preservation. We compare microfossils from these two localities to an assemblage of well-documented microfossils previously described in the post-Sturtian Rasthof Formation of Namibia...
January 6, 2017: Geobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052072/microbial-response-to-soil-liming-of-damaged-ecosystems-revealed-by-pyrosequencing-and-phospholipid-fatty-acid-analyses
#14
Ramya Narendrula-Kotha, Kabwe K Nkongolo
AIMS: To assess the effects of dolomitic limestone applications on soil microbial communities' dynamics and bacterial and fungal biomass, relative abundance, and diversity in metal reclaimed regions. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study was conducted in reclaimed mining sites and metal uncontaminated areas. The limestone applications were performed over 35 years ago. Total microbial biomass was determined by Phospholipid fatty acids. Bacterial and fungal relative abundance and diversity were assessed using 454 pyrosequencing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034436/characteristics-of-change-in-water-quality-along-reclaimed-water-intake-area-of-the-chaobai-river-in-beijing-china
#15
Lei Yang, Jiangtao He, Yumei Liu, Jian Wang, Lie Jiang, Guangcai Wang
To reveal the basic characteristics and controlling factors of water quality change in the project Wenyu to Chaobai reclaimed water diversion, the water quality in the study area was monitored for one year at seven monitoring sites. Inverse geochemical models of the statistical groups were developed using PHREEQC to elucidate the hydrochemistry characteristics of reclaimed water and the factors. The monitoring results indicated that nitrogen and phosphorus contents were significantly reduced along the river mainly caused by seasonal and location variation...
December 2016: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960117/factors-controlling-groundwater-salinization-and-hydrogeochemical-processes-in-coastal-aquifers-from-southern-spain
#16
M Argamasilla, J A Barberá, B Andreo
In detrital coastal aquifers, seawater and surface water may interact with groundwater in multiple ways. Understanding the interference of water fluxes in this type of environment is essential to effectively manage the groundwater resources in water-stressed regions, such as the Mediterranean coastal fringe. In this research, the characterization of the main hydrogeochemical processes and the interaction between surface water and groundwater in the Marbella-Estepona coastal aquifers (southern Spain) have been carried out by means of the combined use of different hydrogeochemical indicators along with isotope data...
February 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960056/chemical-identification-at-the-solid-liquid-interface
#17
Hagen Söngen, Christoph Marutschke, Peter Spijker, Eric Holmgren, Ilka Hermes, Ralf Bechstein, Stefanie Klassen, John Tracey, Adam S Foster, Angelika Kühnle
Solid-liquid interfaces are decisive for a wide range of natural and technological processes, including fields as diverse as geochemistry and environmental science as well as catalysis and corrosion protection. Dynamic atomic force microscopy nowadays provides unparalleled structural insights into solid-liquid interfaces, including the solvation structure above the surface. In contrast, chemical identification of individual interfacial atoms still remains a considerable challenge. So far, an identification of chemically alike atoms in a surface alloy has only been demonstrated under well-controlled ultrahigh vacuum conditions...
December 22, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907043/thermodynamic-simulation-of-carbonate-cements-water-carbon-dioxide-equilibrium-in-sandstone-for-prediction-of-precipitation-dissolution-of-carbonate-cements
#18
Yiping Duan, Mingshi Feng, Xinyan Zhong, Ruishu Shang, Lihong Huang
Carbonate cements, such as calcite, dolomite, ferrocalcite and ankerite, play important roles in the formation of pores in sandstones: precipitation of carbonate cements modifies pores and inhibits compaction, while dissolution creates secondary pores. This work proposed a precipitation-dissolution model for carbonate cements-CO2-H2O system by means of ion equilibrium concentration ([M2+], M = Ca, Mg, Fe or Mn) with different factors, such as temperature, depth, pH, [Formula: see text], variable rock composition and overpressure...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900721/effect-of-initial-ph-and-ph-adjusted-acid-on-nutrient-recovery-from-hydrolysis-urine-by-combining-acidification-with-evaporation-crystallization
#19
Shanqing Jiang, Xiaochang Wang, Shengjiong Yang, Honglei Shi
Nutrient recovery from human urine is a promising pretreatment of domestic wastewater and provides a sustainable recyclability of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). In this study, we present a method to recover all nutrients from hydrolysis urine (HU) in the form of solid products by combining acidification with evaporation-crystallization. The effect of initial pH (pHinit.) on N retention was investigated, and the optimal pHinit. was further determined by analysis of N retention efficiency. Additionally, crystallization process and product composition based on different pH-adjusted acids were also compared...
February 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898799/effects-of-dolomitic-limestone-application-on-zinc-speciation-in-boreal-forest-smelter-contaminated-soils
#20
Jordan G Hamilton, Richard E Farrell, Ning Chen, Joel Reid, Renfei Feng, Derek Peak
Anthropogenic activities at the HudBay Minerals, Inc., Flin Flon (Manitoba, Canada) mining and processing facility have severely affected the surrounding boreal forest ecosystem. Soil contamination occurred via a combination of metal and sulfuric acid deposition and has resulted in forest dieback and ineffective natural recovery. A community-led effort to revegetate areas of the landscape through the application of a dolomitic limestone has been met with varied success. Zinc (Zn) speciation has shown to be closely linked to the presence or absence of an invasive metal-tolerant grass species, with soils being broadly classed into two revegetation response groups...
November 2016: Journal of Environmental Quality
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