Moss biomonitoring of air pollution with heavy metals in zinc and lead mine environ

Balabanova, Biljana and Stafilov, Trajče and Baceva, Katerina and Sajn, Robert (2014) Moss biomonitoring of air pollution with heavy metals in zinc and lead mine environ. In: 4th Congress of ecologists of the Republic of Macedonia with international participation, 12-15 Oct 2012, Ohrid, Macedonia.

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Distribution of 22 elements in the air, including certain heavy metals, in the vicinity of lead and zinc mine “Sasa” near the city of Makedonska Kamenica, Republic of Macedonia, was studied by moss biomonitoring. The anthropogenic introducing of certain heavy metals in mine environ was expected, due to continually distribution of higher amounts of heavy metals, which occurs because of winds caring out the fine particles into the atmosphere. Moss samples (Hypnum cupressiforme and Campothecium lutescens) were used as plant species for heavy metals biomonitoring. The contents of the analysed elements (Ag, Al, As, Ba, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, K, Li, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, P, Pb, Sr, V and Zn) were determinate by atomic emission spectrometry with inductively coupled plasma (ICP-AES). The obtained values for the content of the elements in moss samples were statistically processed using basic descriptive statistics. Moss species were demonstrated as highly tolerant to higher contents of Pb and Zn. The results show obvious anthropogenic influence of the mine activities as well as the existence of the flotation tailings dump site. Thus, the median values for Pb and Zn in the wider area were 8.5 and 26.1 mg kg-1 while for the mine environ they were 26.9 and 36.2 mg kg-1, respectively. Maximum values obtained from the investigated area for these certain heavy metals were ~450 mg kg-1.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: Natural sciences > Chemical sciences
Natural sciences > Earth and related environmental sciences
Agricultural Sciences > Other agricultural sciences
Natural sciences > Other natural sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
Depositing User: Biljana Balabanova
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2014 10:59
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2014 10:59

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