Heavy Metal and Rare Earth Element Pollution in Soil and Water: Sources, Geochemical Behaviors and Ecological Effects
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 March 2024 | Viewed by 1770
Interests: geochemical models; soil minerals; source apportionment; bioaccessiblility; health risk assessment; minerals weathering; speciation of heavy metals
Interests: geochemical background; source identification; migration and transformation; bioavailability
Soil and water are among the most important and critical components in the critical zone, determining biodiversity and human life, which are influenced by natural and anthropogenic processes. Heavy metal (HM) pollution in soil and water ecosystem was first recognized in the 1960s. As the main inorganic pollutant, HMs are easily immobilized in soil by different components, such as organic matter, clay minerals and iron oxides, making their removal rather difficult. However, some fractions of HMs could be transported into other environmental media, food chain and human body by water. Due to differences in the initial status of natural weathering and anthropogenic pollution in soil and water ecosystems, it is challenging to clearly identify the sources, speciation changes and geochemical behaviors of HMs.
Rare earth elements (REEs) usually penetrate into soil and water under the cover of HMs. In addition to high-tech manufacturing sectors and waste dumping, rock weathering or metallurgical process also cause HM and REE pollution. Similar to HMs, REEs can be activated in soil and water, thereby altering different conditions such as temperature, pH, and redox changes. Moreover, REEs could have specific characteristics under natural redox condition changes and absorption fractionation by minerals, and during municipal and mining waste discharge. Therefore, their synergic response to pollution sources and geochemical processes in soil and water could provide new insights into inorganic pollution and environmental loads in soil and water.
This Special Issue welcomes contributions related to HM and REE distribution and speciation, pollution monitoring, source identification, health risk assessment, management and mitigations, aimed at preventing HM and REE pollution in water and soil.
Dr. Yinxian Song
Dr. Yubo Wen
Prof. Dr. Ming Ma
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- HM and REE pollution
- soil and water ecosystem
- health risk assessment
- environmental loads
- speciation distribution
- modelling of pollutant transportation
- geochemical background
- weathering and soil-water interaction
- municipal and mining waste
- remediation technique