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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 305, Issue 2, pp 409–418 | Cite as

Geochemistry of the Upper Paraná River floodplain: study of the Garças Pond and Patos Pond

  • Marcelo Bevilacqua Remor
  • Silvio Cesar Sampaio
  • Sandra Regina Damatto
  • Zuleica Carmem Castilhos
  • José Cândido Stevaux
  • Marcio Antônio Vilas Boas
  • Ralpho Rinaldo dos Reis
Article

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the temporal evolution of the supply of chemical elements to the Upper Paraná River floodplain and identify trends in the geochemistry of its drainage basin. The primary factor that regulates the supply of chemical elements of the Upper Paraná River floodplain is the flood pulse, which can be magnified by the El Niño—Southern Oscillation. Garças Pond is affected by agriculture, urbanization, discharge of industrial effluents and hydroelectric power production activities. Patos Pond is affected by sugarcane burning, gold mining, agriculture and urbanization.

Keywords

Heavy metals 210Pb Lacustrine sediment Paleolimnology 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank the Brazilian Federal Agency for their scholarship grant under the program Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento Pessoal de Nível Superior—CAPES), the 2nd SB/2nd SGB/5th GB of the Fire Department of the state of Paraná and the Center for Research in Limnology, Ichthyology and Aquaculture (Núcleo de Pesquisas em Limnologia, Ictiologia e Aquicultura—NUPELIA) of the State University of Maringá (Universidade Estadual de Maringá—UEM) for providing divers, equipment and infrastructure for the collection of the sediment cores. We would also like to thank the Center of Mineral Technology (Centro de Tecnologia Mineral—CETEM) and, in particular, the Laboratory of Environmental Mercury Speciation (Laboratório de Especiação de Mercúrio Ambiental—LEMA) for performing the mercury analyses.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcelo Bevilacqua Remor
    • 1
  • Silvio Cesar Sampaio
    • 1
  • Sandra Regina Damatto
    • 2
  • Zuleica Carmem Castilhos
    • 3
  • José Cândido Stevaux
    • 4
    • 5
  • Marcio Antônio Vilas Boas
    • 6
  • Ralpho Rinaldo dos Reis
    • 6
  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Conservação e Manejo de Recusos NaturaisUNIOESTE – Universidade Estadual do Oeste do ParanáCascavelBrazil
  2. 2.Laboratório de Radiometria AmbientalIPEN – Instituto de Pesquisas Energética NuclearSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Laboratório de Especiação de Mercúrio AmbientalCETEM – Centro de Tecnologia de MineraisRio de JaneiroBrazil
  4. 4.UEM – Universidade Estadual de Maringá/GEMAMaringáBrazil
  5. 5.UNESPRio ClaroBrazil
  6. 6.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia AgrícolaUNIOESTE – Universidade Estadual do Oeste do ParanáCascavelBrazil

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