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Touraj Nasrabadi, Hermann Ruegner, Marc Schwientek, Jeremy Bennett, Shahin Fazel Valipour, Peter Grathwohl
Suspended particles in rivers can act as carriers of potentially bioavailable metal species and are thus an emerging area of interest in river system monitoring. The delineation of bulk metals concentrations in river water into dissolved and particulate components is also important for risk assessment. Linear relationships between bulk metal concentrations in water (CW,tot) and total suspended solids (TSS) in water can be used to easily evaluate dissolved (CW, intercept) and particle-bound metal fluxes (CSUS, slope) in streams (CW,tot = CW + CSUS TSS)...
2018: PloS One
G Kanagaraj, L Elango, S G D Sridhar, G Gowrisankar
Seawater intrusion promotes the salinity of groundwater, and it poses a great environmental impact on a global scale. The present study was carried out to determine the hydrogeochemical processes and influence of seawater intrusion in the coastal aquifers using geophysical, geochemical, and stable isotope techniques. The true resistivity value ranges from 0.5 to 8008.5 Ω-m which has been measured using vertical electrical sounding (VES) based on the Schlumberger method. About 33 groundwater samples were collected during post-monsoon (POM) (January 2012) and pre-monsoon (PRM) (June 2012) seasons from open and bore wells and were analyzed for major ions and stable isotopes...
January 14, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Zheng Xu, Yong-Fei Zheng, Zi-Fu Zhao
Crustal components may be incorporated into continental basalts by either shallow contamination or deep mixing. While the former proceeds at crustal depths with common preservation of refractory minerals, the latter occurs at mantle depths with rare survival of relict minerals. Discrimination between the two mechanisms has great bearing to subcontinental mantle geochemistry. Here we report the occurrence of relict zircons in Cenozoic continental basalts from eastern China. A combined study of zircon U-Pb ages and geochemistry indicates that detrital zircons were carried by terrigenous sediments into a subcontinental subduction zone, where the zircon were transferred by fluids into the magma sources of continental basalts...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Valentina Esposito, Franco Andaloro, Simonepietro Canese, Giovanni Bortoluzzi, Marzia Bo, Marcella Di Bella, Francesco Italiano, Giuseppe Sabatino, Pietro Battaglia, Pierpaolo Consoli, Patrizia Giordano, Federico Spagnoli, Violetta La Cono, Michail M Yakimov, Gianfranco Scotti, Teresa Romeo
The geological, biological and geochemical features of a particular field of hydrothermal vents, discovered in the Panarea Volcanic Complex during a research survey carried out in 2015, are described for the first time. The site, located at 70-80 m depth off the South-western coast of the islet of Basiluzzo, was named Smoking Land for the presence of a large number of wide and high active chimneys and was characterized in terms of dissolved benthic fluxes, associated macrofauna and megafauna communities and preliminary mineralogy and geochemistry of chimney structures...
2018: PloS One
Iyad Ahmed Abboud
Quality of groundwater in the Yarmouk basin, Jordan has been assessed through the study of hydrogeochemical characteristics and the water chemistry as it is considered the main source for drinking and agriculture activities in the region. The results of the relationship between Ca2+ + Mg2+ versus HCO3- + CO32-, Ca2+ + Mg2+ versus total cations, Na+ + K+ versus total cations, Cl- + SO42- versus Na+ + K+, Na+ versus Cl-, Na+ versus HCO3- + CO32-, Na+ versus Ca2+, and Na+: Cl- versus EC describe the mineral dissolution mechanism through the strong relationship between water with rocks in alkaline conditions with the release of Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+, K+, HCO3-, CO32-, SO42-, and F- ions in the groundwater for enrichment...
January 4, 2018: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Dariusz Dobrzyński, Anna Boguszewska-Czubara, Kenji Sugimori
Germanium is considered to be a non-essential element; however, little is still known about its significance for living organisms. It exerts prophylactic and therapeutic effects in the treatment of serious diseases such as cancer, HIV infection, and others. Germanium does not exhibit acute toxicity, but, as it tends to accumulate in various organs and tissues, undesirable and even dangerous side effects have been reported after prolonged and/or high dosage application. In general, inorganic compounds of germanium are more toxic than its organic compounds...
January 3, 2018: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Eva Högfors-Rönnholm, Stephan Christel, Krister Dalhem, Tom Lillhonga, Sten Engblom, Peter Österholm, Mark Dopson
Naturally occurring sulfide rich deposits are common along the northern Baltic Sea coast that when exposed to air, release large amounts of acid and metals into receiving water bodies. This causes severe environmental implications for agriculture, forestry, and building of infrastructure. In this study, we investigated the efficiency of ultrafine-grained calcium carbonate and peat (both separately and in combination) to mitigate acid and metal release. The experiments were carried out aerobically that mimicked summer conditions when the groundwater level is low and acid sulfate soils are exposed to oxygen, and anaerobically that is similar to autumn to spring conditions...
December 26, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Andrew McAlister, Melinda S Allen
Exchange activities, formal or otherwise, serve a variety of purposes and were prominent in many Pacific Island societies, both during island settlement and in late prehistory. Recent Polynesian studies highlight the role of exchange in the region's most hierarchical polities where it contributed to wealth economies, emergent leadership, and status rivalry in late prehistory. Building on this research, we hypothesized that exchange in low hierarchy chiefdoms (kin-based polities where there are distinctions between commoners and elites but ranking within the latter is lacking, weak, or ephemeral) would differ in frequency and function from that associated with strongly hierarchical polities...
2017: PloS One
A Nouhi, H Hajjoul, R Redon, J P Gagné, S Mounier
Time-resolved Laser Fluorescence Spectroscopy (TRLFS) has proved its usefulness in the fields of biophysics, life science and geochemistry to characterize the fluorescence probe molecule with its chemical environment. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the applicability of this powerful technique combined with Steady-State (S-S) measurements. A multi-mode factor analysis, in particular CP/PARAFAC, was used to analyze the interaction between Europium (Eu) and Humic substances (HSs) extracted from Saint Lawrence Estuary in Canada...
December 8, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Anderson Abel de Souza Machado, Werner Kloas, Christiane Zarfl, Stefan Hempel, Matthias C Rillig
Microplastics (plastics < 5 mm, including nanoplastics which are < 0.1 μm) originate from the fragmentation of large plastic litter or from direct environmental emission. Their potential impacts in terrestrial ecosystems remain largely unexplored despite numerous reported effects on marine organisms. Most plastics arriving in the oceans were produced, used, and often disposed on land. Hence, it is within terrestrial systems that microplastics might first interact with biota eliciting ecologically relevant impacts...
December 15, 2017: Global Change Biology
Chao Liu, Andrew H Knoll, Robert M Hazen
The mineralogy and geochemistry associated with Rodinian assembly (~1.3-0.9 Ga) are significantly different from those of other supercontinents. Compared to other supercontinents, relatively more Nb-bearing minerals, Y-bearing minerals, and zircons formed during Rodinian assembly, with corresponding enrichments of Nb, Y, and Zr concentrations in igneous rocks. By contrast, minerals bearing many other elements (e.g., Ni, Co, Au, Se, and platinum group elements) are significantly less abundant, without corresponding depletion of Ni and Co concentrations in igneous rocks...
December 5, 2017: Nature Communications
Caroline S Fortunato, Benjamin Larson, David A Butterfield, Julie A Huber
At deep-sea hydrothermal vents, microbial communities thrive across geochemical gradients above, at, and below the seafloor. In this study, we determined the gene content and transcription patterns of microbial communities and specific populations to understand the taxonomy and metabolism both spatially and temporally across geochemically different diffuse fluid hydrothermal vents. Vent fluids were examined via metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, genomic binning, and geochemical analyses from Axial Seamount, an active submarine volcano on the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the NE Pacific Ocean, from 2013-2015 at three different vents: Anemone, Marker 33, and Marker 113...
December 4, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
Snežana Štrbac, Milica Kašanin Grubin, Nebojša Vasić
The main objective of this paper is to evaluate how a choice of different background values may affect assessing the anthropogenic heavy metal pollution in sediments from Tisza River (Serbia). The second objective of this paper is to underline significance of using geochemical background values when establishing quality criteria for sediment. Enrichment factor (EF), geoaccumulation index (I geo), pollution load index (PLI), and potential ecological risk index (PERI) were calculated using different background values...
November 30, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Yinan Deng, Jiangbo Ren, Qingjun Guo, Jun Cao, Haifeng Wang, Chenhui Liu
Deep-sea sediments contain high concentrations of rare earth element (REE) which have been regarded as a huge potential resource. Understanding the marine REE cycle is important to reveal the mechanism of REE enrichment. In order to determine the geochemistry characteristics and migration processes of REE, seawater, porewater and sediment samples were systematically collected from the western Pacific for REE analysis. The results show a relatively flat REE pattern and the HREE (Heavy REE) enrichment in surface and deep seawater respectively...
November 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
Facheng Ye, Gaia Crippa, Lucia Angiolini, Uwe Brand, GianCarlo Capitani, Maggie Cusack, Claudio Garbelli, Erika Griesshaber, Elizabeth Harper, Wolfgang Schmahl
Shells of brachiopods are excellent archives for environmental reconstructions in the recent and distant past as their microstructure and geochemistry respond to climate and environmental forcings. We studied the morphology and size of the basic structural unit, the secondary layer fibre, of the shells of several extant brachiopod taxa to derive a model correlating microstructural patterns to environmental conditions. Twenty-one adult specimens of six recent brachiopod species adapted to different environmental conditions, from Antarctica, to New Zealand, to the Mediterranean Sea, were chosen for microstructural analysis using SEM, TEM and EBSD...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
Antoni Macià Escatllar, Piero Ugliengo, Stefan T Bromley
We analyze the performance of the FFSiOH force field and two parameterisations of the ReaxFF force field for modeling hydroxylated nanoscale silica (SiO2). Such nanosystems are fundamental in numerous aspects of geochemistry and astrochemistry and also play a key role during the hydrothermal synthesis of technologically important nanoporous silicas (e.g., catalysts, absorbents, and coatings). We consider four aspects: structure, relative energies, vibrational spectra, and hydroxylation energies, and compare the results with those from density functional calculations employing a newly defined dataset (HND: Hydroxylated Nanosilica Dataset)...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
Kentaro Kameda, Yohey Hashimoto, Yong Sik Ok
Ongoing sea level rise will have a major impact on mobility and migration of contaminants by changing a number of natural phenomena that alter geochemistry and hydrology of subsurface environment. In-situ immobilization techniques may be a promising remediation strategy for mitigating contaminant mobility induced by sea level rise. This study investigated the reaction mechanisms of magnesium oxide (MgO) with aqueous Pb and As under freshwater and seawater using XAFS spectroscopy. Initial concentrations of Pb and As in freshwater strongly controlled the characteristics of the reaction product of MgO...
November 6, 2017: Environmental Pollution
Ke Yin, Xiaomin Dou, Fei Ren, Wei-Ping Chan, Victor Wei-Chung Chang
Bottom ashes generated from municipal solid waste incineration have gained increasing popularity as alternative construction materials, however, they contains elevated heavy metals posing a challenge for its free usage. Different leaching methods are developed to quantify leaching potential of incineration bottom ashes meanwhile guide its environmentally friendly application. Yet, there are diverse IBA applications while the in situ environment is always complicated, challenging its legislation. In this study, leaching tests were conveyed using batch and column leaching methods with seawater as opposed to deionized water, to unveil the metal leaching potential of IBA subjected to salty environment, which is commonly encountered when using IBA in land reclamation yet not well understood...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Jennifer M Galloway, Graeme T Swindles, Heather E Jamieson, Michael Palmer, Michael B Parsons, Hamed Sanei, Andrew L Macumber, R Timothy Patterson, Hendrik Falck
Climate change is profoundly affecting seasonality, biological productivity, and hydrology in high northern latitudes. In sensitive subarctic environments exploitation of mineral resources led to contamination and it is not known how cumulative effects of resource extraction and climate warming will impact ecosystems. Gold mines near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, subarctic Canada, operated from 1938 to 2004 and released >20,000t of arsenic trioxide (As2O3) to the environment through stack emissions...
October 27, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Yanping Bao, Chuling Guo, Guining Lu, Xiaoyun Yi, Han Wang, Zhi Dang
Fe(III) hydroxysulfate minerals are secondary minerals commonly found in acid mine drainage (AMD) sites and have a major impact on water and soil quality in these environments. While previous studies showed that the Fe(III) hydroxysulfate mineral transformation could be mediated by some bacterial strains under laboratory conditions, the role of indigenous microbial activity in Fe(III) hydroxysulfate mineral transformation in natural environment has received little attention. In this study, microcosms were constructed with AMD-affected river water and sediment from the Dabaoshan Mine that was either left unamended or enriched with nutrients (lactate, nitrogen, and phosphorus (LNP)) and biosynthetic minerals (schwertmannite or jarosite)...
November 2, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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