Micro-synchrotron x-ray fluorescence of the metal distribution in a black spruce tree stem: Evidence for radial mobility

R. R. Martin, S. J. Naftel, W. Skinner, K. W. Jones, Huan Feng

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Micro-synchrotron radiation x-ray fluorescence has been used to examine the metal distribution across an entire black spruce stem. The results show the individual elements to be transported and sequestered in different ways so that apparent elemental mobility within the stem changes from element to element. The results suggest that a detailed knowledge of the behavior of each element is required before pollution chronologies can be inferred from dendroanalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-407
Number of pages6
JournalX-Ray Spectrometry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2003



  • Dendroanalysis
  • Picea mariana
  • Synchrotron x-ray fluorescence
  • Tree rings

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