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Fall 2020

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Iceland: Climate Change and The Arctic


Trace metal contamination in marine ecosystems is a problem for every trophic level, from zooplankton up to humans. The mobility and uptake availability of these metals depend on such environmental parameters as salinity, temperature, and pH, among others. To explore the effects of varying parameters on dissolved metal behaviour, I studied the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, into which the Breidamerkurjökull glacier deposits trace metals from volcanic ash through glacial melt. In this study I develop and follow a sampling procedure to analyze trace metal concentrations in the lagoon, while additionally discussing the behaviour and impact of trace metals, focusing on cadmium, in such varying environmental parameters as would be found in the Jökulsárlón lagoon and surrounding marine ecosystems.


Environmental Monitoring | Environmental Studies | Fresh Water Studies | Glaciology | Marine Biology | Oceanography | Sedimentology


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