Synchrotron radiation analysis of a smelter impacted tree-ring sample

S. J. Naftel, R. R. Martin, K. W. Jones, H. Feng, M. M. Savard, C. Bégin

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Dendroanalysis, the study of the element distribution in tree rings, suffers from the large number of analyses required to characterize the radial distribution of elements in a tree stem over a reasonable time period. Micro-Synchrotron X-ray Fluorescence provides a promising approach since it is capable of interrogating stem sections corresponding to the order of 100 years of growth in a reasonable time. The Synchrotron Micro X-ray Fluorescence results presented here, representative of tree growth between 1895 and 1997, were obtained from a black spruce (Picea mariana) impact ed by air-borne metal pollutants from a metal smelter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-122
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001


  • Micro-synchrotron X-ray fluorescence
  • Tree rings


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