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Geochemistry of ecotoxic trace metals in water, air and anchialine caves of Mljet National Park

Principal investigator

Category
Društvena zajednica
Start date
Jun 5th 2008
End date
May 12th 2010
Status
Done

Laboratory for physical chemistry of traces

Geochemistry of ecotoxic trace metals in water, air and anchialine caves of Mljet National Park

Bjejajka anchialine cave - Mljet NP

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            This project concluded the first systematic research on spatial and temporal distribution of ecotoxic trace metals (Cd, Cu, Hg, Pb and Zn) in aquatic anchialine ecosystems. These systems are partly submerged speleological objects with highly stratified water column. Significantly elevated trace metal concentrations in both anchialine caves (Bjejajka and Lenga, Mljet National Park) compared to adjacent seawater, were of natural origin. Anchialine caves could be used as suitable natural laboratories for investigation under conditions that are present in deep oceans.

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