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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635416/arsenic-and-fluoride-co-contamination-in-shallow-aquifers-from-agricultural-suburbs-and-an-industrial-area-of-punjab-pakistan-spatial-trends-sources-and-human-health-implications
#1
Abida Farooqi, Jawairia Sultana, Noshin Masood
Release of arsenic (As) and fluoride (F(-)) species into groundwater is a serious health concern around the world. The present study was the first systematic baseline study conducted in Rahim Yar Khan district, Punjab, focusing on As and F(-) contamination in groundwater. A total of 51 representative groundwater samples comprising of 44 samples from agricultural suburbs and 7 from an industrial base were analysed. Statistical parameters, principal component analysis-multiple linear regression (PCA-MLR) and health risk assessment model were used to investigate the hydro geochemistry, spatial patterns, interrelation, source contribution and associated health risks of high As and F(-) in groundwater of the study area...
January 1, 2017: Toxicology and Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624636/water-geochemistry-of-shallow-lakes-from-the-southeastern-pampa-plain-argentina-and-their-implications-on-mollusk-shells-preservation
#2
Paula A Cristini, Eleonor Tietze, Claudio G De Francesco, Daniel E Martínez
A seasonal sampling of sediments, column and interstitial water for physico-chemical analysis were performed in littoral and open water areas in three freshwater shallow lakes (Nahuel Rucá, Las Mostazas and Los Carpinchos) from Southeastern Pampa plain, Argentina. The main objective of the present study is to evaluate how the characteristics of the depositional environments could be affecting mollusk shell preservation. These lakes are very shallow (2m) and are characterized by an extensive littoral area, dominated by the emergent macrophyte Schoenoplectus californicus, which forms a complete ring around the lake, and an open water area, in general free of vegetation...
June 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609848/geochemical-landscapes-as-drivers-of-trace-and-toxic-element-profiles-in-wild-red-deer-cervus-elaphus
#3
Andrew S French, David Shaw, Stuart W Gibb, Mark A Taggart
Tissue concentrations of essential trace and toxic elements in red deer (Cervus elaphus) are associated with the plants, soil and water they ingest. As such, variation in tissue concentrations is associated with variation in local geochemistry and bioavailability of elements. Physiological factors such as liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) infection, breeding status, and in-tissue element interactions may also affect tissue concentrations, though their effects in red deer are not well understood. The primary objective of this study was therefore to survey wild red deer liver element concentrations across a range of geographically distinct populations during the Scottish red deer stalking season; and, in so doing, establishes element reference ranges while also exploring geographic and temporal variation and physiological factors...
June 9, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595096/occurrence-and-mobility-of-toxic-elements-in-coals-from-endemic-fluorosis-areas-in-the-three-gorges-region-sw-china
#4
Yan Xiong, Tangfu Xiao, Yizhang Liu, Jianming Zhu, Zengping Ning, Qingxiang Xiao
Fluorine (F) is a topic of great interest in coal-combustion related endemic fluorosis areas. However, little extent research exists regarding the environmental geochemistry of toxic elements that are enriched in coals and coal wastes in traditional endemic fluorosis areas, particularly focusing on their occurrences and mobilities during the weathering-leaching processes of coals and coal wastes in the surface environment. This paper addressed the issue of toxic elements in coals and coal wastes in the Three Gorges Region, Southwest (SW) China, where endemic fluorosis has historically prevailed, and investigated the distribution, occurrence, mobility features, and associated potential health risks...
June 5, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580550/magnetic-signature-geochemistry-and-oral-bioaccessibility-of-technogenic-metals-in-contaminated-industrial-soils-from-sindos-industrial-area-northern-greece
#5
Anna Bourliva, Lambrini Papadopoulou, Elina Aidona, Katerina Giouri
The objective of this study was to assess the contamination level of potentially harmful elements (PHEs) in industrial soils and how this relates to environmental magnetism. Moreover, emphasis was given to the determination of the potential mobile fractions of typically "technogenic" metals. Therefore, magnetic and geochemical parameters were determined in topsoils (0-20 cm) collected around a chemical industry in Sindos Industrial Area, Thessaloniki, Greece. Soil samples were presented significantly enriched in "technogenic" metals such Cd, Pb, and Zn, while cases of severe soil contamination were observed in sampling sites north-west of the industrial unit...
June 4, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550949/freshwater-lenses-as-ecological-and-population-sustenance-case-study-in-the-coastal-wetland-of-samboromb%C3%A3-n-bay-argentina
#6
Carolina Tanjal, Eleonora Carol, Sebastián Richiano, Lucía Santucci
Freshwater lenses associated to shell ridges and sand sheets exist on the coastal wetland of Samborombón Bay. As they constitute one of the most vulnerable aquifer systems, it is the aim of this study to determine the hydrogeochemical processes that condition the chemical quality of its groundwater and to assess their present and future capability as sustenance of native woods and local villagers. To achieve this, hydrogeomorphological field surveys were made and groundwater samples were taken. Results show that lenses have a mean thickness of 12m and its chemical quality depends on the dissolution of CO2(g) and carbonates, weathering of silicates and ion exchange...
May 24, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531262/biogeography-of-cryoconite-bacterial-communities-on-glaciers-of-the-tibetan-plateau
#7
Yongqin Liu, Trista J Vick-Majors, John C Priscu, Tandong Yao, Shichang Kang, Keshao Liu, Ziyuang Cong, Jingbo Xiong, Yang Li
Cryoconite holes, water-filled pockets containing biological and mineralogical deposits that form on glacier surfaces, play important roles in glacier mass balance, glacial geochemistry and carbon cycling. The presence of cryoconite material decreases surface albedo and accelerates glacier mass loss, a problem of particular importance in the rapidly melting Tibetan Plateau. No studies have addressed the microbial community composition of cryoconite holes and their associated ecosystem processes on Tibetan glaciers...
June 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512707/geochemistry-and-sources-of-fluoride-and-nitrate-contamination-of-groundwater-in-lar-area-south-iran
#8
Mohsen Rezaei, Masume Nikbakht, Ata Shakeri
Groundwater quality in bone-dry and semiarid areas of Iran is decreasing because of contaminants from natural origins and anthropogenic sources. Among many harmful contaminants, nitrate and fluoride ions are more common. This study was carried out with the aim of determining geochemical processes controlling chemistry of groundwater with special reference to nitrate and fluoride enrichment in groundwater in Lar plain aquifer, south of Iran. Groundwater samples were collected from 17 sites and analyzed for main constituents (Na, K, Ca, Mg, Cl, SO4(2-), HCO3(-), F(-), and NO3(-))...
May 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500352/whole-mantle-convection-with-tectonic-plates-preserves-long-term-global-patterns-of-upper-mantle-geochemistry
#9
T L Barry, J H Davies, M Wolstencroft, I L Millar, Z Zhao, P Jian, I Safonova, M Price
The evolution of the planetary interior during plate tectonics is controlled by slow convection within the mantle. Global-scale geochemical differences across the upper mantle are known, but how they are preserved during convection has not been adequately explained. We demonstrate that the geographic patterns of chemical variations around the Earth's mantle endure as a direct result of whole-mantle convection within largely isolated cells defined by subducting plates. New 3D spherical numerical models embedded with the latest geological paleo-tectonic reconstructions and ground-truthed with new Hf-Nd isotope data, suggest that uppermost mantle at one location (e...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499584/extremely-high-sulfate-reduction-sediment-oxygen-demand-and-benthic-nutrient-flux-associated-with-a-large-scale-artificial-dyke-and-its-implication-to-benthic-pelagic-coupling-in-the-yeongsan-river-estuary-yellow-sea
#10
Sung-Han Kim, Jae Seong Lee, Jung-Ho Hyun
We investigated environmental impact of large-scale dyke on the sediment geochemistry, sulfate reduction rates (SRRs), sediment oxygen demand (SOD) and potential contribution of benthic nutrient flux (BNF) to primary production in the Yeongsan River estuary, Yellow Sea. The sediment near the dyke (YE1) with high organic carbon (Corg) content (>4%, dry wt.) was characterized by extremely high SOD (327mmolm(-2)d(-1)) and SRRs (91-140mmolm(-2)d(-1)). The sulfate reduction accounted for 73% of Corg oxidation, and was responsible for strikingly high concentrations of NH4(+) (7...
May 9, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489866/magmatic-evolution-of-panama-canal-volcanic-rocks-a-record-of-arc-processes-and-tectonic-change
#11
David W Farris, Agustin Cardona, Camilo Montes, David Foster, Carlos Jaramillo
Volcanic rocks along the Panama Canal present a world-class opportunity to examine the relationship between arc magmatism, tectonic forcing, wet and dry magmas, and volcanic structures. Major and trace element geochemistry of Canal volcanic rocks indicate a significant petrologic transition at 21-25 Ma. Oligocene Bas Obispo Fm. rocks have large negative Nb-Ta anomalies, low HREE, fluid mobile element enrichments, a THI of 0.88, and a H2Ocalc of >3 wt. %. In contrast, the Miocene Pedro Miguel and Late Basalt Fm...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484442/relative-importance-of-chemoautotrophy-for-primary-production-in-a-light-exposed-marine-shallow-hydrothermal-system
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Gonzalo V Gomez-Saez, Petra Pop Ristova, Stefan M Sievert, Marcus Elvert, Kai-Uwe Hinrichs, Solveig I Bühring
The unique geochemistry of marine shallow-water hydrothermal systems promotes the establishment of diverse microbial communities with a range of metabolic pathways. In contrast to deep-sea vents, shallow-water vents not only support chemosynthesis, but also phototrophic primary production due to the availability of light. However, comprehensive studies targeting the predominant biogeochemical processes are rare, and consequently a holistic understanding of the functioning of these ecosystems is currently lacking...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463816/metallic-elements-and-metalloids-in-boletus-luridus-b-magnificus-and-b-tomentipes-mushrooms-from-polymetallic-soils-from-sw-china
#13
Jerzy Falandysz, Ji Zhang, Anna Wiejak, Danuta Barałkiewicz, Anetta Hanć
Yunnan Province in China is known for its high biodiversity of mushrooms and a diverse geochemistry of soil bedrock and polymetallic soils, but our knowledge of mineral compositions of mushrooms from Yunnan is scarce. The metallic trace elements, Ag, Ba, Co, Cd, Cs, Cu, Cr, Hg, Li, Mn, Ni, Pb, Rb, Sr, V, Tl, U and Zn, and the metalloids, As and Sb, have been investigated using validated methods with a dynamic reactive cell by mass spectroscopy - inductive coupled plasma and cold vapour - atomic absorption spectroscopy on three popular species of Boletus mushrooms from Southwestern China...
August 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459110/high-efficiency-cogeneration-boiler-bagasse-ash-geochemistry-and-mineralogical-change-effects-on-the-potential-reuse-in-synthetic-zeolites-geopolymers-cements-mortars-and-concretes
#14
Malcolm W Clark, Laure M Despland, Neal J Lake, Lachlan H Yee, Manuela Anstoetz, Elisabeth Arif, Jeffery F Parr, Philip Doumit
Sugarcane bagasse ash re-utilisation has been advocated as a silica-rich feed for zeolites, pozzolans in cements and concretes, and geopolymers. However, many papers report variable success with the incorporation of such materials in these products as the ash can be inconsistent in nature. Therefore, understanding what variables affect the ash quality in real mills and understanding the processes to characterise ashes is critical in predicting successful ash waste utilisation. This paper investigated sugarcane bagasse ash from three sugar mills (Northern NSW, Australia) where two are used for the co-generation of electricity...
April 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456039/a-note-on-unusual-si-al-ratios-in-pm10-and-pm2-5-road-dust-at-several-locations-in-india
#15
Shilpi Samiksha, Ramya Sunder Raman
The Si/Al ratios in road dust (PM10 and/or PM2.5) at several locations in India were examined and found to range between 1.6 and 84.9. The potential factors for this wide range of unusual Si/Al ratios in road dust are not known at this time. In addition to re-assessing data quality, the observations suggest the need to carefully quantify anthropogenic inputs of these elements to road dust. The findings of this study also contradict popular assumptions about minimal enrichment of crustal elements by anthropogenic sources and highlight the need to re-visit dust mass estimation using Si and Al as a surrogate...
April 19, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452176/microbial-acceleration-of-aerobic-pyrite-oxidation-at-circumneutral-ph
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E Percak-Dennett, S He, B Converse, H Konishi, H Xu, A Corcoran, D Noguera, C Chan, A Bhayyacharyya, T Borch, E Boyd, E E Roden
Pyrite (FeS2 ) is the most abundant sulfide mineral on Earth and represents a significant reservoir of reduced iron and sulfur both today and in the geologic past. In modern environments, oxidative transformations of pyrite and other metal sulfides play a key role in terrestrial element partitioning with broad impacts to contaminant mobility and the formation of acid mine drainage systems. Although the role of aerobic micro-organisms in pyrite oxidation under acidic-pH conditions is well known, to date there is very little known about the capacity for aerobic micro-organisms to oxidize pyrite at circumneutral pH...
April 27, 2017: Geobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450967/geochemistry-and-mineralogy-of-the-oligo-miocene-sediments-of-the-valley-of-lakes-mongolia
#17
Sylvain Richoz, Andre Baldermann, Andreas Frauwallner, Mathias Harzhauser, Gudrun Daxner-Höck, Dietmar Klammer, Werner E Piller
The Valley of Lakes is approximately a 500-km elongate depression in Central Mongolia, where Eocene to Miocene continental sediments are long known for their outstanding fossil richness. The palaeontological record of this region is an exceptional witness for the evolution of mammalian communities during the Cenozoic global cooling and regional aridification. In order to precisely elucidate the climatic evolution of the region, we studied the mostly siliciclastic sediments with several levels of paleosols for their sedimentology, mineralogy, major and trace element composition and δ(13)C and δ(18)O composition...
2017: Palaeobiodiversity and palaeoenvironments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448941/geochemistry-and-microbial-diversity-of-cave-waters-in-the-gypsum-karst-aquifers-of-emilia-romagna-region-italy
#18
Ilenia M D'Angeli, Diana I Serrazanetti, Chiara Montanari, Lucia Vannini, Fausto Gardini, Jo De Waele
Fifty-seven control points of waters (sinking streams, rivers in caves, and resurgences) hosted in gypsum karst areas in Emilia Romagna region (N-Italy) were sampled in the framework of a Project LIFE+08NAT/IT/000369 "Gypsum" in the period 2010-2014. The microbiology and chemistry of these waters have been analyzed to evaluate the impact of human activities or natural factors, in the gypsum karst systems. Waters have been analyzed for major chemistry (Ca, Mg, Na, K, SO4, HCO3, Cl, NO3) and some minor constituents (F, Br, NH4 and PO4), measuring pH, electric conductivity (EC), total dissolved solids (TDS) and temperature (T) in situ...
November 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442237/long-term-ert-monitoring-of-biogeochemical-changes-of-an-aged-hydrocarbon-contamination
#19
David Caterina, Adrian Flores Orozco, Frédéric Nguyen
Adequate management of contaminated sites requires information with improved spatio-temporal resolution, in particular to assess bio-geochemical processes, such as the transformation and degradation of contaminants, precipitation of minerals or changes in groundwater geochemistry occurring during and after remediation procedures. Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT), a geophysical method sensitive to pore-fluid and pore-geometry properties, permits to gain quasi-continuous information about subsurface properties in real-time and has been consequently widely used for the characterization of hydrocarbon-impacted sediments...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437740/stabilization-of-metal-loid-s-in-two-contaminated-agricultural-soils-comparing-biochar-to-its-non-pyrolysed-source-material
#20
Lukáš Trakal, Irene Raya-Moreno, Kerry Mitchell, Luke Beesley
Two metal(loid) contaminated agricultural soils were amended with grape stalk (wine production by-product)-derived biochar as well as its pre-pyrolysed origin material, to investigate their geochemical impacts on As, Cr, Cu and Zn. Detailed physico-chemical evaluation combined with a column leaching test determined the retention of metal(loid)s from soil solution by each amendments. A pot experiment measured metal(loid)s in soil pore water and their uptake to ryegrass when the amendments were mixed into soils at 1 and 5% (w/w)...
April 15, 2017: Chemosphere
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