Title

Attribution of sources to metal accumulation in an alpine tarn, the Snowy Mountains, Australia

RIS ID

80726

Publication Details

Stromsoe, N., Callow, J. Nikolaus., McGowan, H. A. & Marx, S. K. (2013). Attribution of sources to metal accumulation in an alpine tarn, the Snowy Mountains, Australia. Environmental Pollution, 181 133-143.

Abstract

This study analyses 1800 years of heavy metal accumulation in a remote alpine lake experiencing long-range atmospheric contamination and additional inputs of Ag from cloud seeding. In comparison to previous work undertaken on peats, lake sediments show limited post-industrial metal enrichment with enrichment factors of Ag: 1.3, Pb: 1.3, Zn: 1.1, Cu: 1.2 compared to Ag: 2.2, Pb: 3.3, Zn: 2.1, Cu: 4.1 for peat. We show this to be the result of substantial fluvial lithogenic flux of metals (92-97% of total metal flux) to the lake. Total annual metal flux to the lake ranges from: Ag: 4-12 ng/cm2/yr to Zn: 3 383-11 313 ng/cm2/yr. As a result, any contribution of cloud seeding to additional enrichment of Ag in lake sediments is considered negligible. Results show that metal enrichment is not necessarily ubiquitous through a landscape. This has implications for predicting the impacts of atmospheric metal pollution to complex environmental systems.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2013.05.051