Cd isotope fractionation during simulated and natural weathering

Abstract : In practice, stable Cd isotope ratios are being applied to trace pollution sources in the natural environment. However, Cd isotope fractionation during weathering processes is not yet fully understood. We investigated Cd isotope fractionation of PbZn ore in leaching experiments and in the environment under natural weathering processes. Our leaching experiments demonstrated that the leachate was enriched with heavy Cd isotopes, relative to initial and residual samples (Δ114/110Cdleachate − initial state = 0.40–0.50‰, Δ114/110Cdleachate − residual state = 0.36–0.53‰). For natural samples, δ114/110Cd values of stream sediments were higher than those of the corresponding soil samples collected from the riverbank, Δ114/110Cdstream sediment − soil can be up to 0.50‰. This observation is consistent with our leaching experiments, which indicate significant Cd isotope fractionation during natural weathering processes. Therefore, natural contributions should be considered when using Cd isotopes to trace anthropogenic pollution in water and sediment systems.
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Yuxu Zhang, Hanjie Wen, Chuanwei Zhu, Haifeng Fan, Chongguang Luo, et al.. Cd isotope fractionation during simulated and natural weathering. Environmental Pollution, Elsevier, 2016, 216, pp.9 - 17. ⟨10.1016/j.envpol.2016.04.060⟩. ⟨hal-01772371⟩

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