Geochemistry International

, Volume 56, Issue 10, pp 1003–1015 | Cite as

Historical Variation in the Distribution of Trace and Major Elements in a Poor Fen of Fenghuang Mountain, NE China

  • K. BaoEmail author
  • G. Wang
  • S. Pratte
  • L. Mackenzie
  • A.-M. Klamt


Ombrotrophic bogs are widely used to reconstruct the history of atmospheric metal deposition. Minerotrophic fens are potential archives as well but not much attention has been paid to them. This study examined the accumulation of major and trace elements in a poor fen of Fenghuang Mountain, NE China. Peat cores were dated by 210Pb and 137Cs techniques and elemental analyses were conducted after a two-step sequential digestion with HCl. Results suggest no significant pollution for other trace metals but Pb in Fenghuang Mountain area. Atmospheric soil dust flux (ASD) was calculated from the Ti content in the peat, and its decreasing trend over the last 60 years agrees with the East Asian winter monsoon (EAWM) shift, which suggests that ASD could be a potential climatic proxy for the EAWM variability in the region.


minerotrophic peatland accumulation rate heavy metal atmospheric soil dust 210Pb and 137Cs 



We are grateful to the National Key R&D Program of China (no. 2016YFA0602301), the NSFC-Belmont Forum Joint Research Project (no. 4166114404), the NSFC-CNRS Joint Research Project (no. 41611130163), Beijing Natural Science Foundation (no. 9164022) and NIGLAS Cross-functional Innovation Teams (no. NIGLAS2016TD01) for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Bao
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. Wang
    • 2
  • S. Pratte
    • 1
  • L. Mackenzie
    • 1
  • A.-M. Klamt
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Lake Science and Environment, Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of SciencesNanjingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Wetland Ecology and Environment, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of SciencesChangchunChina

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