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The spatial-temporal concentration of elements harmful for life has been investigated using terrestrial mosses of the Hypnum cupressiforme species. The results obtained have been compared with the elements of soil collected in the same area, for further information. Investigated areas in La Spezia province consist of two different areas, the first one approximately 1000 km{2} with 220,000 inabitants, various factories and an important thermoelectrical power installation, the second one 3.5 km{2} with a lead factory recycling exhausted accumulator batteries. Mosses, which are highly efficient indicators of atmospheric pollution, have permitted identification of antropogenic polluted areas and evaluation of the fall out rate. The employment of mosses is also convenient from an economical point of view, when compared with conventional methods.

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Authors: CENCI R M, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 9 Convegno Annuale AAA 1997, Bologna (IT), November 27-28, 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper IT 41047 ORA
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