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Title: Biogeochemistry of Plane Trees as a Tool to Detect Atmospheric Pollution
Author: Viladevall Solé, Manuel
Puigserver Cuerda, Diana
Carmona Pérez, José Ma. (José María)
Cortés Lucas, Amparo
Navarro Flores, Andrés
Keywords: Biogeoquímica
Contaminació atmosfèrica
Barcelona (Catalunya)
Atmospheric pollution
Barcelona (Catalonia)
Issue Date: 29-Nov-2013
Publisher: Scientific Research Publishing
Abstract: The plane tree, which is a valuable tool to detect atmospheric pollution, is one of the most common trees in European cities. Soil and leaf samplings were carried out in Barcelona and its environs (NE Spain) to establish the soil-plant relationship.Dry and ashed leaves and soils were analyzed by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis and Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP/OES) at the ACTLABS laboratories in Ontario, Canada. Given that diesel is the main fuel used in vehicles in Europe, we sought to establish the role of diesel in atmospheric pollution. Diesel samples were obtained from service stations and analyzed after preconcentration using ICP/MS at the geochemistry laboratories of the University of Barcelona. The average content of diesel oil shows high values of Pb, Cu, Cr, Ag, Cd and Mn. High values of Pb, Cu, Au, Hg and Sb in leaves and soils were detected downtown and along main roadsoutside the city, whereas low levels of these elements were observed in rural areas.
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It is part of: International Journal of Geosciences, 2013, vol. 4, num. 9, p. 1267-1274
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ISSN: 2156-8359
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