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Ceburnis, D,Sakalys, J,Armolaitis, K,Valiulis, D,Kvietkus, K
2002
March
Atmospheric Environment
In-stack emissions of heavy metals estimated by moss biomonitoring method and snow-pack analysis
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heavy metals emission moss deposition UPTAKE EFFICIENCIES DEPOSITION PRECIPITATION LITHUANIA
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Data from the chemical analysis of moss growing close to a thermal power station and snowpack have been used for the estimation of heavy metal deposition close to the point pollution sources. A semi-empirical model was proposed to describe atmospheric trace metal deposition close to the point pollution source. Model parameters were derived from experimental data, and nickel and vanadium quantities, washed out with snow and rain, were calculated. Using long-term meteorological observation data of rain and snow duration and metal uptake efficiencies in moss, the average emission rates of vanadium and nickel from the stack were calculated. The coincidence between data from emission inventory and model results was within 25%. It was estimated that in the vicinity of pollution source (within 30km) about 15% out of total emitted metals were washed out by rain and snow events. Metal concentrations in the environment become indistinguishable from the background at a distance: of about 20 km from the stack. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
PII S1352-2310(01)00577-5
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