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Distributions and impact factors of antimony in topsoils and moss in Ny-Ålesund, Arctic

Author:
Jia, Nan, Sun, Liguang, He, Xin, You, Kehua, Zhou, Xin, Long, Nanye
Source:
Environmental pollution 2012 v.171 pp. 72-77
ISSN:
0269-7491
Subject:
antimony, coal, coasts, humans, mining, monitoring, mosses and liverworts, seawater, topsoil, traffic, washing, weathering, Arctic region
Abstract:
The distribution of antimony (Sb) in topsoil and moss (Dicranum angustum) in disturbed and undisturbed areas, as well as coal and gangue, in Ny-Ålesund, Arctic was examined. Results show that the weathering of coal bed could not contribute to the increase of Sb concentrations in topsoil and moss in the study area. The distribution of Sb is partially associated with traffic and historical mining activities. The occurrence of the maximum Sb concentration is due to the contribution of human activities. In addition, the decrease of Sb content in topsoil near the coastline may be caused by the washing of seawater. Compared with topsoils, moss could be a useful tool for monitoring Sb in both highly and lightly polluted areas.
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867161