Title

Movement of manganese contamination through the Critical Zone

Publication Title

Applied Geochemistry

Publication Date

6-2011

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.03.024

Keywords

manganese, Critical Zone

Disciplines

Geochemistry | Geology

Abstract

Humans have transferred large quantities of metals from the lithosphere to the Earth’s surface, drastically altering the natural flow of these elements. The geographic dispersal of many metals and their impacts on the environment are unknown. Here, existing datasets are compiled to assess how anthropogenic inputs of Mn to the air have altered soil and water chemistry over time. Although levels of Mn in the air have declined in recent decades, soils throughout the USA and Europe are enriched in Mn, revealing past contamination near zones of industrial input. Examination of river chemistry indicates a similar decline in Mn and can be used to evaluate the removal of Mn from soils. We use a small watershed, the Susquehanna/Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory, as a focus site to investigate geochemical mass balance models and find that rapid biocycling contributes to the retention of Mn in this affected ecosystem.

Publisher

Elsevier Science

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