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Bulletin of environmental contamination and toxicology

Distribution of indium, thallium and bismuth in the environmental water of Japan.


PMID 23052588

Abstract

Indium, thallium and bismuth are toxic and it is important to know the distribution of these elements in environmental water. The concentrations of these elements were measured in 50 sampling points in Japan and the reasons of high concentrations in several samples were discussed. The average concentrations (ng/L) of dissolved and particulate indium in river, lake and coastal seawater were 1.4-3.0 and 2.4-9.1, respectively. Those for thallium were 7.2-11.3 and 3.5-36.0. Those for bismuth were 12.7-24.0 and 12.1-52.7.