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Circuit heavy metals in nature

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The problem of environmental pollution with heavy metals is still serious, despite numerous activities related to the reduction of anthropogenic emissions of these elements into the environment. There is a growing concentration of many toxic metals in soils and vegetation (remaining in close relation with the state of air quality), and especially in the environment of large urban agglomerations. The paper presents an assessment of the degree of contamination of soil and grass vegetation with heavy metals (Zn, Pb, Cu, Cd) in the vicinity of the communication over Warsaw. Research material obtained from the same locations (samples of soil and grass vegetation) was analyzed (AAS) in terms of the total concentration of metals in soils and its mobile form, while in plants is the total concentration of the corresponding trace the AAS atomic spectrometry. Based on the concentrations of metals in soil and vegetation samples were determined bioaccumulation factors. Methods mobile metals isolated by selective extraction of a 0.05 M EDTA solution. The results obtained were related to the results of similar research conducted two years earlier in 2005. Additionally the effect of leaching of soluble forms of metal particulate pollutants deposited on the surface of vegetation.
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  • Department of Chemistry and Protection of the Aquatic Environment, University of Szczecin, 3C Felczaka Street, 71-412 Szczecin, Poland
  • The Board of Marine Ports of Szczecin and Swinoujscie S.A., Environment and Health Research Laboratory, 7 Bytomska Street, 70-603 Szczecin, Poland
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