A survey of heavy metal deposition in the mountainous territories of Northern Italy was carried out in 1995-96. Moss samples (mainly Hylocomium splendens) were collected in a dense network of sites (about 3.2 sites/1000 km2) and the data of metal concentrations in moss tissues were statistically correlated with environmental and climatic factors, as well as with bulk deposition of elements and elemental concentrations in the soil. Three main geographic patterns of metal concentration in mosses could be defined: (1) Fe, Ni, and Cr, all derived both by soil particulates and anthropogenic emissions connected with ferrous metal manufacturing, were mostly concentrated in Northwestern Italy; (2) Cu and Zn, as typical multi-source elements, showed rather high concentrations with little ranges of variation over the whole area and small peaks reflecting local source points; (3) Cd and Pb reflected long-distance transport and showed highest concentrations in the regions with highest precipitation, especially in the Eastern Alps. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Monitoring of heavy metal deposition in Northern Italy by moss analysis

GERDOL, Renato;BRAGAZZA, Luca;MARCHESINI, Roberta;
2000

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A survey of heavy metal deposition in the mountainous territories of Northern Italy was carried out in 1995-96. Moss samples (mainly Hylocomium splendens) were collected in a dense network of sites (about 3.2 sites/1000 km2) and the data of metal concentrations in moss tissues were statistically correlated with environmental and climatic factors, as well as with bulk deposition of elements and elemental concentrations in the soil. Three main geographic patterns of metal concentration in mosses could be defined: (1) Fe, Ni, and Cr, all derived both by soil particulates and anthropogenic emissions connected with ferrous metal manufacturing, were mostly concentrated in Northwestern Italy; (2) Cu and Zn, as typical multi-source elements, showed rather high concentrations with little ranges of variation over the whole area and small peaks reflecting local source points; (3) Cd and Pb reflected long-distance transport and showed highest concentrations in the regions with highest precipitation, especially in the Eastern Alps. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.
2000
Gerdol, Renato; Bragazza, Luca; Marchesini, Roberta; Alber, R.; Bonetti, L.; Lorenzoni, G.; Achilli, M.; Buffoni, A.; DE MARCO, N.; Franchi, M.; Pison, S.; Giaquinta, S.; Palmieri, F.; Spezzano, P.
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