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Characterizing Autochthonous Iron Particles and Colloids—the Need for Better Particle Analysis Methods

  • D. Perret
  • R. R. De Vitre
  • G. G. Leppard
  • J. Buffle
Part of the Brock/Springer Series in Contemporary Bioscience book series (BROCK/SPRINGER)


The complexity involved in studying the biogeochemical cycles of particles and colloids in freshwaters is the result of several different factors: the great number of appearance and disappearance fluxes of these species, the difficulties associated with distinguishing and measuring those fluxes, and the difficulty of sampling colloidal particles without denaturation before their characterization. On the other hand, information obtained in laboratory studies of synthetic colloids are not always representative of the mechanisms encountered in heterogeneous natural environments. This article, taking autochthonous iron-rich colloids as a model, summarizes the state of the art concerning current knowledge of these colloids and emphasizes the need to develop new techniques specifically oriented towards analysis of natural colloids and their fluxes while taking care to minimize artifacts introduced by presently employed techniques. Finally, as a pertinent illustration, both the problems and the future uses of well-known filtration techniques are considered.


Eutrophic Lake Sediment Trap Iron Particle Eddy Diffusion Reductive Dissolution 
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  • D. Perret
  • R. R. De Vitre
  • G. G. Leppard
  • J. Buffle

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