Organic chlorine in soilwater: Influence of Clear-cuttning and Nitrogen
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Chlorine is one of most common element on earth and it is essential in every living organism, but can also cause problems in the environment. Chlorine can exist both as inorganic (Clin) and organically bound (Clorg). Earlier was the common opinion that Clorg only occurs from anthropogenic sources, but the last years, research has shown that chlorine is a part of the biogeochemical cycle and Clorg also can have natural sources. Many chlorinated substances are poisonous, so the fact that they have a natural source created attention. Fertilizations with nitrogen in forest areas have shown unexpected consequences, such as an increase leakage of nitrogen to ground and surface water. Clear-cutting is a disturbance on the ecosystem and the environment is sensitive for disturbances. Because of the fact that both chlorine and fertilization can be environmental problems and that clear-cutting is a big disturbance in the nature, this study will investigate if there are changes of organic chlorine (Clorg) in soil water after clear-cutting and if fertilization with nitrogen has any influence on the concentration of Clorg. This study was made in a forest area in Värmland, Sweden (Hagfors). Chemical analyses were made in the laboratory though measuring AOX (absorbable organic halogens). The result of this study showed that clear-cutting probably has some effect on the Clorg concentration and that nitrogen doesn’t have any influence.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för tema , 2007. , 13 p.
Organic chlorine, Clorg, clear-cutting, fertilization, AOX
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-10062ISRN: LIU-TEMA/MV-C--07/08--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-10062DiVA: diva2:16809