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Publicly available datasets on thallium (Tl) in the environment—a comment on “Presence of thallium in the environment: sources of contaminations, distribution and monitoring methods” by Bozena Karbowska, Environ Monit Assess (2016) 188:640 (DOI 10.1007/s10661-016-5647-y)
- de Caritat, Patrice, Reimann, Clemens
- Environmental monitoring and assessment 2017 v.189 no.5 pp. 232
- data collection, environmental monitoring, models, surveys, thallium
- This comment highlights a whole series of datasets on thallium concentrations in the environment that were overlooked in the recent review by Karbowska, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 188, 640, 2016 in this journal. Geochemical surveys carried out over the last few decades all over the world at various scales and using different sampling media have reported the concentration of thallium (and dozens more elements) in tens of thousands of samples. These datasets provide a ‘real-world’ foundation upon which source apportionment investigations can be based, monitoring programs devised and modelling studies designed. Furthermore, this comment also draws attention to two global geochemical mapping initiatives that should be of interest to environmental scientists.