Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 85, Issue 2, pp 841–846 | Cite as

Factors affecting the content of heavy metals in bulk atmospheric precipitation, throughfall and stemflow in central Bohemia, Czech Republic

  • P. Skřivan
  • J. Rusek
  • D. Fottová
  • M. Burian
  • L. Minařík
Part IV Acidification and Heavy Metals


Content of copper, manganese, lead, and zinc in samples of bulk precipitation, throughfall and stemflow has been studied in a forest area in central Bohemia. The sampling localities are situated on two types of bedrock, granite and cenomaniau sandstones. The content in bulk precipitation reflects the impact of fossil fuel emission sources and the vehicular sources of lead. The deposition rate of elements in throughfall, in comparison with that of the deposition on an open land, exhibits increased values in essential microelements (in Mn approx. 45 times, Zh-5 times, Cu and Cd-2 times), with significant seasonal fluctuations. The value of the same ratio for ecotoxic lead is 0.23. The enhanced flux of elements in throughfall is ascribed mainly to the metabolic processes of the trees. Differences in the chemical composition of throughfall and stemflow collected on stands with different kind of bedrock are ascribed to various degree of accessibility of the micronutrients and various intensity of their vegetation uptake.

Key words

Heavy metals precipitation throughfall stemflow soil metabolic activity trees uptake 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Skřivan
    • 1
  • J. Rusek
    • 2
  • D. Fottová
    • 3
  • M. Burian
    • 1
  • L. Minařík
    • 1
  1. 1.Geological Institute, ASCRPrague 6
  2. 2.Institute of Soil Biology ASCRČeské Budějovice
  3. 3.Czech Geological SurveyPrague 1Czech Republic

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