Spatial variation in vehicle-derived metal pollution identified by magnetic and elemental analysis of roadside tree leaves

BA Maher, C Moore, J Matzka

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Exposure to metal-rich particulate pollution is associated with adverse health outcomes. In particular, lead has recently been shown to be toxic in young children even at low levels previously considered 'safe'. Lead poisoning from vehicle pollution has been addressed internationally by removal of leaded petrol but toxic blood lead levels in children continue to be reported in urban areas, the source suggested to be resuspended roadside soil, enriched in lead due to previous leaded fuel usage. Here, we use paired geochemical and magnetic analyses of natural biomonitors-kerbside tree leaves-and of air sample filters to examine contemporary sources of particulate pollution, and show that co-associated, fine (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-373
Number of pages10
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

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