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Shining light on metals in the environment

David H. McNear, Ryan Tappero and Donald L. Sparks
Shining light on metals in the environment
Elements (September 2005) 1 (4): 211-216


Elucidating the speciation of heavy metals in the environment is paramount to understanding their potential mobility and bioavailability. Cutting-edge synchrotron-based techniques such as microfocused X-ray absorption fine-structure (XAFS) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy and microtomography have revolutionized the way metal reactions and processes in natural systems are studied. In this article, we apply these intense-light tools to decipher metal forms (species) and associations in contaminated soils and metal-hyperaccumulating plants.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 1
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Shining light on metals in the environment
Affiliation: University of Delaware, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Newark, DE, United States
Pages: 211-216
Published: 200509
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 28
Accession Number: 2006-016953
Categories: Environmental geologyGeneral geochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200606
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