Sources, transport and sinks of beryllium in a coastal landscape affected by acidic soils

Mats E Åström, Yu Changxun, Pasi Peltola, Jason K Reynolds, Peter Österholm, Miriam Nystrand, Anna Augustsson, Joonas J Virtasalo, Linda Nordmyr, Antti EK Ojala

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Beryllium (Be) sources, transport and sinks were studied in a coastal landscape where acidic soils (acid sulfate soils) have developed after drainage of fine-grained sulfide-bearing sediments. The study included the determination of total abundance and speciation of Be in a variety of solid and aqueous materials in both the terrestrial and estuarine parts of the landscape. A major feature was that despite normal (background) Be concentration in the sulfide-bearing sediments, the Be leaching from these sediments after O2-exposure and acid sulfate soil development were extensive, with concentrations up to 76 μg L−1 in soil water, 39 μg L−1 in runoff and 12 μg L−1 in low-order streams. These high Be concentrations were mainly in the solution form (i.e., passing a 1 kilodalton filter) and modelled to be dominated by free Be2+. The extensive Be release within, and leaching from the acid sulfate soils was …

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)288–302
JournalGeochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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