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Atmospheric lead deposition near oilsands in decline since 1970s ... Findings counter belief that oilsands are polluting region with atmospheric lead.

This new study has been published in Geophysical Research Letters

 

 

    

 

Research claiming declining levels of atmospheric lead near oilsands in dispute.

Credit: Jason Franson, The Canadian Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to baseline: Enrichment of lead relative to thorium, an indicator of general mineral abundance, peaked around 1970 and now approaches preindustrial levels in a Canadian peat bog. Credit: Geophys. Res. Lett.


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Current Research

My main research areas are human impacts on the geochemical cycles of potentially toxic trace elements, including archives of atmospheric change (peat bogs and polar ice cores), fate in soils and sediments, and impacts on natural freshwaters. Read more ...

SWAMP Lab

The SWAMP lab is concerned with environmental quality in its broadest sense: the quality of our soil resources, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. The research lab is a unique state-of-the-art, metal-free, clean-lab and analytical facility. Read more ...

Elmvale

I am the President of the Elmvale Foundation, a Canadian, federally registered charity for environmental science education which I created in 2007. The main public education initiative of this Foundation is the Elmvale Water Festival which uses the water emanating from artesian springs in the Elmvale area as a tool for environmental education.

Contact Me

Prof. William Shotyk
348 B South Academic Building

shotyk@ualberta.ca

Tel.: 780-492-7155
Fax: 780-492-4323


Office Hours:
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