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Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 81–95 | Cite as

Aluminium speciation: comparison of two spectrophotometric analytical methods and observed concentrations in some acidic aquatic systems in Southern Norway

  • H. M. Seip
  • L. Müller
  • A. Naas
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Abstract

The toxicity of A1 to aquatic biota varies with speciation. Driscoll (1980) has developed a scheme for determining three A1 fractions using the ferron method (Smith, 1971) to detect Al. We have compared the results obtained with Driscoll's method with those obtained when pyrocatechol violet is the complexing agent. The agreement is generally satisfactory. The latter method is more sensitive and less influenced by interferences. Results for water samples, mainly from two streams in southern Norway, are discussed. For most samples the labile monomeric Al-fraction dominates, the major species being either A13+ or AIF2+. Possible equilibria between A13+ and some minerals and the temperature changes in these equilibria, are discussed.

Keywords

Aluminium Toxicity Water Sample Temperature Change Aquatic System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. M. Seip
    • 1
  • L. Müller
    • 1
  • A. Naas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of OsloBlindern, OsloNorway

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