Rendra, Tedy and Riniarti, Melya and Yuwono, Slamet Budi and Prasetia, Hendra and Widiastuti, E.L. and Bakri, Samsul and Taufiq, Azhary (2021) Mapping Atmospheric Mercury in Lampung Province, Indonesia Using Bark of Multipurpose Tree Species. Atmosphere, 2022 (13). pp. 1-11.


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Abstract: The use of mercury in gold refining causes air pollution and results in the contamination of multipurpose tree species (MPTS). Tree bark has properties that cause it to store mercury for quite a long time. The purpose of this study was to determine mercury contamination of MPTS and map the mercury contamination distribution in the atmosphere using tree barks as bioindicators. Sampling was performed using purposive sampling. The mercury concentration was obtained by atomic absorption spectroscopy, and the highest THg contents were analyzed using a scanning electron microscope. The analysis was carried out by gauging total mercury (THg), distance, elevation to THg, and interpolation of THg at the research site. The results showed that there were 10 types of MPTS trees whose bark could accumulate mercury. The bark of the Tamarindus indica tree stored the greatest amount of THg (74.4 µg dry weight (DW)), followed by Persea americana (58.7 µg DW), and Annona muricata (44.2 µg DW), respectively. This result was influenced by the roughness of the bark and the location of the plants. No correlation was found between distance and elevation to THg on tree bark. The mercury interpolation in the atmosphere showed that mercury moves from the purification point to the southeast of the purification location. Keywords: environmental pollution; interpolation; mercury; MPTS plants; tree bark

Item Type: Article
Subjects: S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions: Fakultas Pertanian (FP) > Prodi Magister Ilmu Lingkungan
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2022 01:13
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 01:13

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