Application of the moss bag biomonitoring technique in an active volcanic environment (Mt. Etna, Italy).

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Abstract

This paper presents the preliminary results of a biomonitoring study based on the use of moss bagsexposed at 24 sites on Etna volcano. Sphagnum mosses were used to study bioaccumulation originatingfrom atmospheric deposition, by measuring the tissue contents of major and a large suite of traceelements. Elements, such as Tl, Bi, As, Se, Cu and Cd, display high concentrations in the exposedsamples close to the active vents. This study confirms the effectiveness of the moss bags technique alsoin active volcanic areas.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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