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Variations in the level of some trace elements in hair of participants in the Italian expeditions in Antarctica

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Abstract

As a part the Italian National Programme of Research in Antarctica (PNRA) a monitoring study has been undertaken to quantify the concentrations of some selected trace elements in human hair of participants in the Antarctic expeditions. Such concentrations may vary as a consequence of the extreme environmental conditions and changes in lifestyle experienced by participants in the expeditions, as some evidence in previous investigations seems to suggest. The present study regards samples collected on the occasion of the 2002–2003 expedition to the Italian Base of Terra Nova Bay (now Mario Zucchelli Base), i.e., just before the expedition and about one month later. Seven essential elements were taken into account, namely, Ca, Cu, Cr, Fe, Mg, Mn and Mo. Determinations were performed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES) and Dynamic Reaction Cell Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (DRC-ICP-MS). Data obtained were statistically treated by using the non-parametric Friedman test. The concentrations of Ca, Cu and Mg were found to decrease (P < 0.05). The stress caused by the severe environmental conditions might well play a role in the observed decrease.

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The article was received on 23 May 2005, accepted on 03 Nov 2005 and first published on 09 Nov 2005


Article type: Technical Note
DOI: 10.1039/B507319G
J. Environ. Monit., 2005,7, 1332-1334

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    Variations in the level of some trace elements in hair of participants in the Italian expeditions in Antarctica

    S. Ciardullo, G. Taviani, R. Mattei and S. Caroli, J. Environ. Monit., 2005, 7, 1332
    DOI: 10.1039/B507319G

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