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1 February 2001 Trace Element Contamination of Norwegian Lake Sediments
Sigurd Rognerud, Eirik Fjeld
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Concentrations of Sb, Hg, Bi, Cd, Mo, As, Co, Ni, Cr, Cu, V, Pb and Zn in surface and preindustrial sediments from 210 lakes in Norway were used for studying modern atmospheric depositions of these elements. Surface sediments had considerably higher concentrations of Sb, Hg, Bi, Cd, As, Pb than preindustrial sediments. The differences decreased with latitude and altitude. A multivariate analysis including the trace elements and the major constituents (organic matter, Si, Al, Fe and Mn) of surface sediments suggested the following relationships: Sb, Hg, Bi, As, and Pb formed a group with strong associations to organic matter. Ni, Cr and Cu formed a second group, weakly associated to the inorganic sediment fraction (Si and Al). Zn and Cd formed a third group with weak associations to organic matter. Co was associated to Mn, whereas Mo and V showed no important covariations with any other trace elements or major components.

Sigurd Rognerud and Eirik Fjeld "Trace Element Contamination of Norwegian Lake Sediments," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 30(1), 11-19, (1 February 2001).
Received: 7 June 2000; Accepted: 1 September 2000; Published: 1 February 2001

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