J. Phys. IV France
Volume 107, May 2003
Page(s) 1127 - 1130

J. Phys. IV France
107 (2003) 1127
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20030499

Retention of atmospheric Cu, Ni, Cd and Zn in an ombrotrophic peat profile near the Outokumpu Cu-Ni mine, SE-Finland

N. Rausch1, T.M. Nieminen2, L. Ukonmaanaho2, A. Cheburkin1, M. Krachler1 and W. Shotyk1

1  Institute of Environmental Geochemistry, University of Heidelberg, lm Neuenheimer Feld 236, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
2  Vantaa Research Centre, Finnish Forest Research Institute, Vantaa, Finland

Peat cores taken from ombrotrophic bogs are widely used to reconstruct historical records of atmospheric lead and mercury déposition [1, 2]. In this study, the retention of copper, nickel, cadmium and zinc in peat bogs are studied by comparing high resolution, age dated concentration profiles with emissions from the main local source, the Outokumpu copper-nickel mine. An ombrotrophic peat core was taken from the vicinity of Outokumpu, E Finland. Copper and zinc concentrations of dry peat were measured by XRF, cadmium and nickel by GF-AAS, and sample ages by 210Pb. Only copper and nickel show enhanced concentrations in layers covering the mining period, indicating a retention of these elements. However, the more detailed comparison of ore production rates and concentrations in age-dated samples show clearly that only copper is likely to be permanently fixed, while nickel doesn't reflect the mining activity. Even though copper is retained in the upper part of the profile, a possible redeposition of this element by secondary processes (e.g., water table fluctuations) can not be excluded. This question will be resolved by further investigations, e.g. by pore water profiles.

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