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D. Ruppert State University College Lake Erie Environmental Studies Program and Department of Chemistry 14063 Fredonia N.Y. (USA)

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Abstract  

In order to describe the occurrence and to investigate the sources of arsenic found in Chautauqua Lake sediments, 98 grab samples have been analyzed by neutron activation analysis. The arsenic concentrations were found to range from <0.5 to 58.75 ppm for 96 of the 98 samples with an overall average value of 22.10 ppm. The two other samples had concentrations of 140.0 and 306.0 ppm. High arsenic concentrations have been positively correlated with a decrease in the sediment particle size. Natural arsenic concentrations found in the soil and bedrock in the area do not explaint the observed concentrations in the lake sediment. The increase in arsenic appears to be related to the spraying of sodium arsenite as an aquatic pesticide during the period 1955–1963.

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Journal of Radionalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Language English
Size A4
Year of
Foundation
1968
Volumes
per Year
1
Issues
per Year
12
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
Founder's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Publisher's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
CH-6330 Cham, Switzerland Gewerbestrasse 11.
Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 0236-5731 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2780 (Online)