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Samples of soils and mosses, collected from the Parona (Pv) area, have been used to evaluate the concentration of trace elements (Al, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb and Zn), before the start up of an incinerator. The results of the elemental concentration, measured in the samples of mosses showed, only in some areas, contamination by anthropogenic activities.

The combination of results from soil and moss allowed us to identify the source of the elemental fallout, which in this case has been demonstrated to be of double origin: crustal and anthropogenic. The application of Coefficient of Variation (C.V.) allowed us to understand the differences of the elemental deposition over the whole area. Using the deposition rate it can be possible to evaluate the time that needs soils to exceed the limit values of D.M. no. 471 of 1999.

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Authors: CENCI R M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20260 EN (2002), pp.72. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
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