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Abstract

The soils of the Sicily Region are subject to a considerable deterioration due to the loss of the organic horizon that plays an important role in the biogeochemical cycles of trace elements. This paper reports the results of a study aiming to evaluate the distribution of undesired elements in "oils and to quantify, using mosses, their atmospheric fallout. Soil and moss samples have been taken in 33 sampling areas. The analysis of elements like Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn has shown that their distribution in soils is not homogeneous. Both geochemical differences and anthropogenic activities are the main reasons for the observation.

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Authors: CENCI R.M, EC, Istituto dell' Ambiente, UnitÓ Suolo e Rifiuti, Ispra (IT);TRINCHERINI P.R, EC, Istituto dell' Ambiente, UnitÓ Suolo e Rifiuti, Ispra (IT);LEVA F, EC, Istituto dell' Ambiente, UnitÓ Suolo e Rifiuti, Ispra (IT);GALANTI F, EC, Istituto dell' Ambiente, UnitÓ Suolo e Rifiuti, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: Convegno del Cinquantenario 1952-2001. Organised by: Societa Italiana Scienza del Suolo
Record Number: 200013495 / Last updated on: 2001-07-24
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: it
Available languages: it