The bioaccumulation of tungsten and copper by organisms inhabiting metalliferous areas in North Queensland: an evaluation of potential health effects

Pyatt, F.B. and Pyatt, A.J., 2004. The bioaccumulation of tungsten and copper by organisms inhabiting metalliferous areas in North Queensland: an evaluation of potential health effects. Journal of Environmental Health Research, 3 (1), pp. 13-18.

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Abstract

Aspects of the mining history of major metalliferous sites in North Queensland, Australia are described by reference to areas which formerly were important in the production of metals such as tungsten (wolfram) and copper. Bioaccumulation in organisms inhabiting three derelict polluted areas, within this arid open savanna region, is discussed and potential toxicological implications are described. Certain plant species are noted to possess excessively enhanced bioaccumulatory capacities and the cations within these forage plants may affect herbivorous species such as cattle; skeletons of such herbivores are found to exhibit enhanced metal concentrations. Ultimately humans may be recipients of these toxic elements.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Environmental Health Research
Creators: Pyatt, F.B. and Pyatt, A.J.
Publisher: Chadwick House Publishing
Date: 2004
Volume: 3
Number: 1
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:03
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 14:40
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22214

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