Monitoring and modelling of the solid-solution partitioning of metals and As in a river floodplain redox sequence

T.J. Schröder, W.H. van Riemsdijk, S.E.A.T.M. van der Zee, J.P.M. Vink

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For a period of 2 a, pore water composition in a heavily contaminated river floodplain soil was monitored in situ. Pore water samples were collected 12 times over all seasons in a profile ranging from aerobic to sulphidic redox conditions, and As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb, Zn, Mn, Fe, Ca, Cl, SO4. DOC,IOC and pH were determined. The variability of pH, IOC, DOC and Ca was found to be rather small during the year and within the profile (rsd <0.04, 0.16. 0.24 and 0.22, respectively). The temporal variability of the metal and As concentrations was small, too, whereas changes with depth were distinct. Under sulphidic conditions, concentrations were below 1 mu g L-1 (Cd, Cu, Pb) or 10 mu g L-1 (Zn, As). The data set was compared with results from a geochemical model that was fully parameterised from literature data and included equilibrium speciation, sorption and mineral dissolution. The general pattern of the solid-solution partitioning of Cd, Cu, Zn and As in the profile was predicted well by mechanistic geochemical modelling on the basis of solid phase composition. Metals strongly bound to organic matter Such as Cd and Cu were predicted better than metals mainly present within a mineral. Detailed information regarding the presence of colloidal Fe and Mn in pore water might improve the prediction of the solid-solution partitioning of a number of metals. The study also indicates that the chemical behaviour of Pb is still not understood sufficiently. (c) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2350-2363
JournalApplied Geochemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • natural organic-matter
  • ion-binding
  • mineral dissolution
  • heavy-metals
  • soils
  • iron
  • predominance
  • 25-degrees-c
  • groundwater
  • solubility

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