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Geogenic and anthropogenic lead isotope signatures in the urban environment of Natal (NE-Brazil)

Oskierski, H.C.ORCID: 0000-0003-0733-6538, Sindern, S., Lima, R.F.S. and Petta, R.A. (2009) Geogenic and anthropogenic lead isotope signatures in the urban environment of Natal (NE-Brazil). Environmental Geology, 58 (8). pp. 1811-1817.

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In this study the effect of anthropogenic emissions on the lead isotopic composition of sediments from the Potengi-Jundiai river system near the fast growing city of Natal, NE-Brazil, is investigated. The lead isotope signatures of sediments from the region of Natal were measured by ICP QMS and can be discussed in terms of three different end members of lead. Two geogenic lead endmembers can be distinguished and also be spatially separated, as higher lead isotope ratios occur in the vicinity of the town of Macaiba while the lead isotope ratios decrease towards the city of Natal and the mouth of the estuary. Proterozoic rocks of different age are potential lead sources as Paleoproterozoic rocks occur in the catchment of Jundiai river and younger, Neoproterozoic rocks predominate towards the mouth of the river. The lead isotope signatures of the anthropogenically affected samples deviate from the signatures of the unaffected samples indicating the existence of a third, anthropogenic source of lead. This source represents the lead isotope signature of anthropogenic emitters like waste- and coal-combustion which is also revealed by other geochemical studies conducted in Brazil.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
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