Content diversity of Zn, Pb and Cd in Lithic Leptosols of the Tatra National Park (Poland)
In Lithic Leptosols of the Tatra National Park total contents of zinc, lead and cadmium were determined. Studied soils were most often characterized by high or very high content of these metals and elevated values of accumulation coefficients (AC) resulting from soil pollution by dust containing heavy metals. A large concentration of heavy metals most frequently occurred in soils derived from carbonate rocks, which were richest in organic matter and had higher pH and a higher degree of sorption complex base saturation than soils developed from igneous and metamorphic rocks. The content of heavy metals in parent rocks hardly influenced their amount in studied soils. In all soils derived from carbonate rocks, heavy metal content increased with increasing altitude, whereas in soils developed from igneous and metamorphic rocks it dacreased.
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