The use of Betula Pendula R. Leaves for the assessment of environmental pollution by metals around tailings from a gold deposit (Western Siberia, Russia)

Dmitry V. Yusupov, Tatiana S. Bolshunova, Antonina M. Mezhibor, Leonid P. Rikhvanov, Natalia V. Baranovskaya

Результат исследований: Материалы для книги/типы отчетовМатериалы для конференции

6 Цитирования (Scopus)


The research represents the results of the study of metals in the leaves of Betula pendula R. in the settlement Ursk around the tailings of the former gold-polymetallic deposit located in Kemerovo region in the south of Western Siberia. 17 leaf samples were collected by the radial net with the step of 150-200 meters. The concentrations of chemical elements in the dry leaf matter were determined by the ICP-MS method. The concentrations of Hg, Ni, Cd, Pb, Zn, Ag, Sb, Ba, Co, and As in the leaves from 3 to 11 times exceed the background (reference) values. Close to the wastes of initial ore at the western side of the tailings, orthomorphic biogeochemical halos of Hg, Pb, As, Sb and Ag are localized. Close to the rock dump from the oxidation zone in the eastern side of the tailings, polyelemental halos of Zn and Cd are localized. The halos of Hg, Pb, As and Sb are also observed in the “cone region” in the southern swamped part of the tailings. Therefore, these elements are active migrants. Additive indexes on the concentration ratio of essential and toxic metals in the leaves were calculated. By the data of electron microscopy of the external leaf surface (close to the dumps), we found mineral phases of Ba (BaSO4), Hg (HgSe), Ag, Pb, Sb and Zn in large quantities. These data testify on the predominant aerogenic pollution of this territory. Thus, the leaves of Betula pendula R. are confirmed to be accumulators of metals, and the tree specie itself is an effective biomonitor. The results of this work may be used for the biogeochemical monitoring of the territories around tailings of mining enterprises with polymetallic specialization.

Язык оригиналаАнглийский
Название основной публикацииEducation and Accreditation in Geosciences; Environmental Legislation, Multilateral Relations And Funding Opportunities
ИздательInternational Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference
Число страниц8
ISBN (электронное издание)9786197105001, 9786197105988, 9786197105995, 9786197408003, 9786197408010, 9786197408027, 9786197408034, 9786197408041, 9786197408058, 9786197408065, 9786197408072, 9786197408089, 9786197408096, 9786197408102, 9786197408119, 9786197408126, 9786197408133
ISBN (печатное издание)9786197408263
СостояниеОпубликовано - 2017
Событие17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference, SGEM 2017 - Albena, Болгария
Продолжительность: 29 июн 20175 июл 2017

Серия публикаций

НазваниеInternational Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference Surveying Geology and Mining Ecology Management, SGEM
ISSN (печатное издание)1314-2704


Конференция17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference, SGEM 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geology

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