Beryllium is a rare but widely distributed element. As a consequence of rapid developments in the capabilities to determine low concentrations of Be in inorganic solids, tissue, air, and water, it is now possible to characterize the distribution of Be in various environmental compartments, to describe the fluxes among these compartments, and to determine the controls on these fluxes. Increased human activity, including land disturbance, metallurgical processes, the burning of fossil fuels (with associated air pollution, including Be, and related terrestrial acidification), has generally increased the flow of Be through ecosystems. This fact was recognized several decades ago (e.g., Kubizňáková...

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