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Geographic Distribution of Arsenic and Trace Metals in Lotic Ecosystems of the Pampa Plain, Argentina


In this paper, the geographic distribution of arsenic and other trace elements in surface waters of 39 lotic ecosystems of central Argentina was evaluated. Manganese and arsenic were the most conspicuous elements, being present in 82% and 59% of the sampled ecosystems of this region, respectively. As concentration averaged 113.69 μg L−1 varying between 55 and 198 μg L−1, other trace elements were hardly detected or not detected at all. It was remarkable the absence of detectable concentrations of anthropogenically derived metals as lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd).

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Authors are indebted to the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) and the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) for finantial support.

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Rosso, J.J., Troncoso, J.J. & Fernández Cirelli, A. Geographic Distribution of Arsenic and Trace Metals in Lotic Ecosystems of the Pampa Plain, Argentina. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 86, 129–132 (2011).

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  • Arsenic
  • Trace metals
  • Lotic ecosystems
  • Argentina