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Mobilization of aluminum by the acid percolates within unsaturated zone of sandstones.
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PMID:  23355021     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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The area of the Black Triangle has been exposed to extreme levels of acid deposition in the twentieth century. The chemical weathering of sandstones found within the Black Triangle became well-known phenomenon. Infiltration of acid rain solutions into the sandstone represents the main input of salt components into the sandstone. The infiltrated solutions-sandstone percolates-react with sandstone matrix and previously deposited materials such as salt efflorescence. Acidic sandstone percolates pH 3.2-4.8 found at ten sites within the National Park Bohemian Switzerland contained high Al-tot (0.8-10 mg L(-1)) concentrations and high concentrations of anions SO(4) (5-66 mg L(-1)) and NO(3) (2-42 mg L(-1)). A high proportion (50-98 %) of Al-tot concentration in acid percolates was represented by toxic reactive Al(n+). Chemical equilibrium modeling indicated as the most abundant Al species Al(3+), AlSO(4) (+), and AlF(2+). The remaining 2-50 % of Al-tot concentration was present in the form of complexes with dissolved organic matter Al-org. Mobilization and transport of Al from the upper zones of sandstone causes chemical weathering and sandstone structure deterioration. The most acidic percolates contained the highest concentrations of dissolved organic material (estimated up to 42 mg L(-1)) suggesting the contribution of vegetation on sandstone weathering processes. Very low concentrations of Al-tot in springs at BSNP suggest that Al mobilized in unsaturated zone is transported deeper into the sandstone. This process of mobilization could represent a threat for the water quality small-perched aquifers.
Authors:
Tomáš Navrátil; Zuzana Vařilová; Jan Rohovec
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental monitoring and assessment     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-2959     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ Monit Assess     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508350     Medline TA:  Environ Monit Assess     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Institute of Geology AS CR, v.v.i., Rozvojová 269, Prague 6, 165 00, Czech Republic, navratilt@gli.cas.cz.
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