Publication Type:

Journal Article


Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, Elsevier, Volume 255, Number 2, p.399-408 (2007)




Concentration (process), heavy metals, Inductively coupled plasma, Isotopes, Mass spectrometry, Rare earth elements, Trace elements


Annual variations from 1982 to 1999 of a wide range of trace elements and reconnaissance Pb isotopes (207Pb/206Pb and 208Pb/206Pb) were analyzed by solution ICP-MS on digested ash from mangrove Rhizophora apiculata, obtained from Leizhou Peninsula, along northern coast of South China Sea. The concentrations of the majority of elements show a weak declining trend with growth from 1982 to 1999, punctuated by several high concentration spikes. The declining trends are positively correlated with ring width and negatively correlated with inferred water-use efficiency, suggesting a physiological control over metal-uptake in this species. The episodic metal concentration-peaks cannot be interpreted with lateral movement or growth activities and appear to be related to environmental pollution events. Pb isotope ratios for most samples plot along the 'Chinese Pb line' and clearly document the importance of gasoline Pb as a source of contaminant. Shale-normalised REE + Y patterns are relatively flat and consistent across the growth period, with all patterns showing a positive Ce anomaly and elevated Y/Ho ratio. The positive Ce anomaly is observed regardless of the choice of normaliser, in contrast to previously reported REE patterns for terrestrial and marine plants. This pilot study of trace element, REE + Y and Pb isotope distribution in mangrove tree rings indicates the potential use of mangroves as monitors of historical environmental change. 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


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