Lead isotopes tracing weathering and atmospheric deposition in a small volcanic catchment

Abstract : Lead isotopes were studied in soil and sediments of the small volcanic catchment in the Massif Central (France), a large area of Tertiary to Recent continental alkaline volcanism. The comparison of Pb and K (normalized to Zr) shows a linear evolution of weathering processes, whereby lead enrichment from atmospheric deposition is a major contributor explaining the deviation of several points from this line. A box model simulates the lead evolution in sediments from soil production on the hillslopes due to bedrock weathering and from anthropogenic input through atmospheric deposition and constrains the dynamics of sediment transfer. Lead isotope ratios decrease from bedrock to sediment and soil without any clear relationship when compared to lead contents. Pb isotopic compositions showed that most of the lead budget in sediment and soil results from bedrock weathering with influence of gasoline-additive-lead and past mining activities derived inputs, but no lead input from agricultural activity.
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Philippe Négrel, Emmanuelle Petelet Giraud, Catherine Guerrot, Romain Millot. Lead isotopes tracing weathering and atmospheric deposition in a small volcanic catchment. Comptes Rendus Géoscience, Elsevier Masson, 2015, 347, pp.236-246. ⟨10.1016/j.crte.2014.12.004⟩. ⟨insu-01168008⟩

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