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Is iron from soil a factor in algal blooms?
Date:1/28/2010

studied the concentration of iron in soil in native vegetation and in pine plantations and found no significant difference in iron concentrations.

"It could be that different types of plants lead iron to be more easily soluble and so I am also investigating whether there are any differences between natural vegetation and plantation areas," Mr Loehr said.

Genevieve Larsen's study of subsurface and surface water and flow processes is aimed at finding out how the iron gets from the ground into the water, and the chemical reactions that may take place when groundwater interacts in the estuary with the marine environment.

"I'm looking for possible links between subsurface water and natural waterways such as streams, creeks and the sea," Ms Larsen said.


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Contact: Niki Widdowson
n.widdowson@qut.edu.au
Queensland University of Technology
Source:Eurekalert

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