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See detailHOLOCENE DUST RECORD IN A BELGIAN PEAT BOG: MULTIPROXY GEOCHEMICAL APPROACH
Allan, Mouhamd ULg; gael, le roux; Fagel, Nathalie ULg et al

in dust 2014, Book of ABSTRACTS, International Conference on ATMOSPHERIC DUST (2014, June 01)

Ombrotrophic peatlands are unique environmental archives of natural and anthropogenic atmospheric dust deposition. Their surface layers are exclusively fed by atmospheric inputs. A peat bog core from ... [more ▼]

Ombrotrophic peatlands are unique environmental archives of natural and anthropogenic atmospheric dust deposition. Their surface layers are exclusively fed by atmospheric inputs. A peat bog core from Misten in Eastern Belgium southern covering the last 7500 years (dated by 210Pb and 14C methods) was investigated to reconstruct dust depostion based on a combination of the Rare Earth Elements (REE) and lithogenic elements concentrations, as well as Nd and Pb isotopes data. Nd isotope signature was used to decipher between local and distal dust supplies, the Pb isotopes to trace the antropogenic influences. Peat humification was used to evaluate hydroclimatic conditions. Dust fluxes show pronounced increase at 3200-2800BC, 600BC, AD600, 1000AD, 1200AD and from 1700 AD. Lead isotope signatures are consistent with local and regional contamination by coal combustion and smelting activities. The Nd values show large variability, between -5 and –13, identifying three major sources of dust: local soils, distal volcanic and desert particles. Our results are in agreement with atmospheric reconstructions from other continental archives, confirming that the Misten peat is a valid archive for dust deposition. The approach combining geochemical elementary content and isotope data in ombrotrophic peat allows to decipher between dust flux changes related to human and climate forcing. [less ▲]

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See detailLe plomb atmosphérique enregistré dans les stalagmites de Han-sur-Lesse
Allan, Mouhamd ULg; Verheyden, sophie

Conference (2013, November 16)

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See detailHolocene dust record in a NW European peat bog: A multiproxy approach
Allan, Mouhamd ULg; LE ROUX, gael; VERHEYDEN, SOPHIE et al

Conference (2013, August 28)

Dust deposition in southern Belgium is estimated from the geochemical signature of an ombrotrophic bog. The analyses of Rare Earth Elements (REE) and lithogenic element concentrations as well as Nd ... [more ▼]

Dust deposition in southern Belgium is estimated from the geochemical signature of an ombrotrophic bog. The analyses of Rare Earth Elements (REE) and lithogenic element concentrations as well as Nd isotopes were performed by HR-ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS respectively, in a  6 m peat section representing 5300 years, from 30 BC to 5300 BC dated by the 14C method. REE concentration variations in peat samples were used as a dust proxy and the Nd isotopes to trace the sources. Peat humification and testate amoebae were used to evaluate hydroclimatic conditions. The range of dust deposition varied from 0.03 to 4 g m-2 yr-1. The highest dust fluxes were observed from 800 to 600 BC, and from 3200 to 2800 BC and correspond to cold periods. The Nd values show large variability, between -5 and –13, identifying three major sources of dust: local soils, distal volcanic and desert particles. By comparing our results with the dust recorded in other peat bogs and ice cores from different latitudes, we evidence that the Misten peat is a valid archive for dust deposition. [less ▲]

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See detailDust historical record in ombrotrophic peat: The case study of a NW European bog
Allan, Mouhamd ULg; Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Le Roux, Gael et al

Poster (2013, May 16)

Ombrotrophic peatlands are unique environmental archives of natural and anthropogenic atmospheric dust deposition because their surface layers are exclusively fed by atmospheric inputs. Lead (Pb) isotopes ... [more ▼]

Ombrotrophic peatlands are unique environmental archives of natural and anthropogenic atmospheric dust deposition because their surface layers are exclusively fed by atmospheric inputs. Lead (Pb) isotopes have been often used to evidence any anthropogenic influence in peat, but they only record trace metal pollution. Another radiogenic isotope, the Neodymium (Nd), could be also use to discriminate the sources of dust in peat bogs. Dust fluxes were investigated over the last 2500 years in the Misten peat bog in Eastern Belgium. Our aims were to use Nd isotope signature to decipher between local and distal dust supplies, the Pb isotopes to trace the antropogenic influences. To address these aims we analyzed REE and lithogenic element analyses, as well as the Nd and Pb isotopes, using HR-ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS, respectively in peat layers dated by 210Pb and 14C. Changes in REE concentration variations in peat samples are correlated with Ti, Al, and Zr that are lithogenic conservative elements, suggesting that REE are immobile in the studied peat bogs and can be used as tracers of dust deposition. Dust fluxes show pronounced increase at BC300, AD600, 1000AD, 1200AD and from 1700AD, recording either influence of human activities (regional erosion due to forest clearing and soil cultivation activities) or local and regional climate changes. Lead enrichments reveal strong human impact over the last 300 years. Lead isotope signatures are consistent with local and regional contamination by coal combustion and smelting activities. Neodymium isotopes allow to identify three periods characterised by dominant-distal sources (at 320AD, 1000 AD and 1700AD). Those periods are consistent with local wetter intervals as indicated by lower humification degree. Local erosion prevails durier drier (higher humification) intervals (-100AD, 600AD). On a global scale more distal supplies are driven during colder periods, in particular Oort and Maunder minima, confirming the hypothesis that cold climate conditions favor distal supplies. Combining geochemical elementary content and isotope data in ombrotrophic peat allows to decipher between dust flux changes related to human and climate forcing. [less ▲]

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See detailDeciphering human-climate interactions in ombrotrophic peat record : REE, Nd and Pb isotope signatures of dust supplies over the last 2500 years (Misten bog, Belgium)
Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Allan, Mouhamd ULg; le roux, Gael et al

Poster (2013, April 08)

A core of 173 cm of ombrotrophic Misten peat bog from the Hautes-Fagnes Plateau in Eastern Belgium provides a record of Rare Earth Elements (REE) deposition allowing to trace dust fluxes in West Europe ... [more ▼]

A core of 173 cm of ombrotrophic Misten peat bog from the Hautes-Fagnes Plateau in Eastern Belgium provides a record of Rare Earth Elements (REE) deposition allowing to trace dust fluxes in West Europe during the historical record (last 2500 years). REE and lithogenic element analyses, as well as the Nd isotopes, were performed by HR-ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS, respectively in peat layers dated by 210Pb and 14C. The parallel variations of REE concentration with lithogenic conservative elements confirms that REE are immobile in the studied peat bog and can be used as tracers of dust deposition. Dust fluxes show pronounced increase at BC300, AD600, 1000AD,1200AD and from 1700AD, recording either influence of human activities (regional erosion due to forest clearing and soil cultivation activities) or local and regional climate changes. Using Nd isotope allows to decipher between local and distal causes. The ENd variability (-13 to -9) is interpreted by a mixing between dust sources fromlocal soils and desert particles. Three periods characterised by dominant-distal sources (at 320AD, 1000 AD and 1700AD) are consistent with local wetter intervals as indicated by lower humi[U+FB01]cation degree. Local erosion prevails durier drier (higher humification) intervals (-100AD, 600AD). On a global scale more distal supplies are driven during colder periods, in particular Oort and Maunder minima. Combining geochemical elementary content and isotope data in ombrotrophic peat allows to decipher between dust flux changes related to human and climate forcing. [less ▲]

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See detailReconstructing historical atmospheric mercury deposition in Western Europe using: Misten peat bog cores, Belgium
Allan, Mouhamd ULg; le roux, gael; E. Sonke, Jeroen et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2013), 442

Four sediment cores were collected in 2008 from the Misten ombrotrophic peat bog in the Northern part of the Hautes Fagnes Plateau in Belgium. Total mercury (Hg) concentrations were analyzed to ... [more ▼]

Four sediment cores were collected in 2008 from the Misten ombrotrophic peat bog in the Northern part of the Hautes Fagnes Plateau in Belgium. Total mercury (Hg) concentrations were analyzed to investigate the intra-site variability in atmospheric Hg deposition over the past 1500 years. Mercury concentrations in the four cores ranged from 16 to 1100 μg kg− 1, with the maxima between 840 and 1100 μg kg− 1. A chronological framework was established using radiometric 210Pb and 14C dating of two cores (M1 and M4). Pollen horizons from these two cores were correlated with data from two additional cores, providing a consistent dating framework between all the sites. There was good agreement between atmospheric Hg accumulation rates in the four cores over time based on precise age dating and pollen chronosequences. The average Hg accumulation rate before the influence of human activities (from 500 to 1300 AD) was 1.8 ± 1 μg m− 2 y− 1 (2SD). Maximum Hg accumulation rates ranged from 90 to 200 μg m− 2 y− 1 between 1930 and 1980 AD. During the European–North American Industrial Revolution, the mean Hg accumulation rate exceeded the pre-Industrial values by a factor of 63. Based on comparisons with historical records of anthropogenic activities in Europe and Belgium, the predominant regional anthropogenic sources of Hg during and after the Industrial Revolution were coal burning and smelter Hg emissions. Mercury accumulation rates and chronologies in the Misten cores were consistent with those reported for other European peat records. [less ▲]

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See detailMid and late Holocene dust deposition in Western Europe: The Misten peat bog (Hautes Fagnes - Belgium)
Allan, Mouhamd ULg; Beghin, Jérémie ULg; le roux, Gael et al

in Climate of the Past (2013), 9(2889-2928,),

Dust deposition in southern Belgium is estimated from the geochemical signature of an ombrotrophic peatland. The Rare Earth Elements (REE) and lithogenic elements concentrations, as well as Nd isotopes ... [more ▼]

Dust deposition in southern Belgium is estimated from the geochemical signature of an ombrotrophic peatland. The Rare Earth Elements (REE) and lithogenic elements concentrations, as well as Nd isotopes, were determined by HR-ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS respectively, along a  6 m peat section covering 5300 years, from 2000 to 7300 cal.BP dated by the 14C method. Changes in REE concentration in the peat correlate with those of Ti, Al, Sc and Zr that are lithogenic conservative elements, suggesting that REE are immobile in the studied peat bogs and can be used as tracers of dust deposition. Peat humification and testate amoebae were used to evaluate hydroclimatic conditions. The range of dust deposition varied from 0.03 to 4.0 g m-2 yr-1. The highest dust fluxes were observed from 2750 to 2550 cal.BP and from 5150 to 4750 cal.BP and correspond to cold periods. The Nd values show a large variability from -13 to –5, identifying three major sources of dusts: local soils, distal volcanic and desert particles. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-resolution reconstruction of atmospheric deposition of trace metals and metalloids since AD 1400 recorded by ombrotrophic peat cores in Hautes-Fagnes, Belgium
Allan, Mouhamd ULg; le roux, gael; De Vleeschouwer, François et al

in Environmental Pollution (2013), 1

The objective of our study was to determine the trace metal accumulation rates in the Misten bog, Hautes-Fagnes, Belgium, and assess these in relation to established histories of atmospheric emissions ... [more ▼]

The objective of our study was to determine the trace metal accumulation rates in the Misten bog, Hautes-Fagnes, Belgium, and assess these in relation to established histories of atmospheric emissions from anthropogenic sources. To address these aims we analyzed trace metals and metalloids (Pb, Cu, Ni, As, Sb, Cr, Co, V, Cd and Zn), as well as Pb isotopes, using XRF, Q-ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS, respectively in two 40-cm peat sections, spanning the last 600 yr. The temporal increase of metal fluxes from the inception of the Industrial Revolution to the present varies by a factor of 5 to 50, with peak values found between AD 1930 and 1990. A cluster analysis combined with Pb isotopic composition allows the identification of the main sources of Pb and by inference of the other metals, which indicates that coal consumption and metallurgical activities were the predominant sources of pollution during the last 600 years. [less ▲]

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See detailWavelet Spectrum Estimation under Chronology Uncertainties Application to Dust Flux Data from Belgian Fagnes
Lenoir, Guillaume; Allan, Mouhamd ULg; Crucifix, Michel et al

Poster (2012, July)

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See detailMid and late Holocene dust deposition in Western Europe: The Misten peat bog (Hautes Fagnes - Belgium)
Allan, Mouhamd ULg; Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Le Roux, Gael et al

Poster (2012, June 28)

The Misten peat bog representing 7.5 m of peat accumulation in the Hautes-Fagnes Plateau, Belgium, provides a record of Rare Earth Elements (REE) deposition since more than 7000 years. The analyses of REE ... [more ▼]

The Misten peat bog representing 7.5 m of peat accumulation in the Hautes-Fagnes Plateau, Belgium, provides a record of Rare Earth Elements (REE) deposition since more than 7000 years. The analyses of REE and lithogenic element concentrations, as well as the Nd isotopes, were performed by HR-ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS, respectively in peat layers previously dated by 210Pb and 14C. REE concentration variations in peat samples are correlated with Ti, Zr and Sc that are lithogenic conservative elements, suggesting that REE are immobile in the studied peat bogs [1] and can be used as tracers of dust deposition. Peat humification, C/N ratio, ash content and bulk density were used to evaluate hydroclimatic conditions. The Nd values show large variability, between +1 to –22, identifying three major sources of dusts falling into the peat: local soils, distal volcanic and desert particles. More recently, industrial emissions provide a fourth source of dusts [2], which is also clearly recorded in the last 200 years of the Misten peat profile. [less ▲]

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See detailMid and late Holocene dust deposition in Western Europe: The Misten peat bog (Hautes Fagnes - Belgium)
Allan, Mouhamd ULg; Le Roux, Gael; Piotrowska, Natalia et al

Poster (2012, June)

Multi-proxy climate recorded from peatlands have been used to tracer the climate change during the Holocene. The initiation of peatland may be related to a change to colder and or wetter climate, and the ... [more ▼]

Multi-proxy climate recorded from peatlands have been used to tracer the climate change during the Holocene. The initiation of peatland may be related to a change to colder and or wetter climate, and the variations in peat composition reflect changes in precipitation and temperature. Peat has been used as an archive to reconstruct climate change over the Holocene (e.g., Shotyk et al., 1998; Sapkota et al., 2006). To characterize the climate in Belgium, a 570 cm-long core from Misten peat bog was studied. Several radiocarbon ages allow to define an accurate age model, the peat core represents 5500 years of record. The analyses of REE and lithogenic element contents, as well as the Nd isotopes, were performed by HR-ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS. Peat humification, C/N ratio, ash content and bulk density were used to evaluate local hydroclimatic conditions. The dust deposition ranges from 0.03 to 4 g m -2 yr -1. As a first observation the highest rates of atmospheric dust deposition correspond to cold periods. The Nd values show large variability, between +1 to –22, identifying three major sources of dusts falling into the peat: local soils, distal volcanic and desert particles. Further studies are in progress to better identify the main forcing factor on the evolution of the atmospheric dust deposition over the Holocene. [less ▲]

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See detail2500 years record of trace element metal in the Misten peat bog (Hautes Fagnes), Belgium
Allan, Mouhamd ULg; Fagel, Nathalie ULg; le roux, Gael et al

Poster (2011, April 08)

The Misten peat bog provides a record of atmospheric deposition in the Hautes Fagnes Plateau (East Belgium). A composite 185cm core (W01/01b) was studied for its trace metal content (TM) and its lead ... [more ▼]

The Misten peat bog provides a record of atmospheric deposition in the Hautes Fagnes Plateau (East Belgium). A composite 185cm core (W01/01b) was studied for its trace metal content (TM) and its lead isotopic signature. The peat bog accumulation allows following the history of atmospheric TM deposition during the last 2500 years. TM enrichment factors coupled with a continuous decrease in 206Pb/204Pb, 207Pb/204Pb,208Pb/204Pb isotopic ratios from 494-732AD to1969-1977 AD evidence the increasing importance of TM released by anthropogenic activities. The highest concentrations of TM are found near the surface of the bog; at depths from 30 to 19 cm. Historical records of Cu, Zn, As, Sb, and Pb atmospheric flux during the Industrial Revolution and pre-industrial periods were derived. Maximum fluxes (up to 7.3, 89, 2.4, 1.5, and 116 mg.m-2.y-1, respectively) occurred in peat layers dated from 1619-1877AD to 1992-2000AD, reflecting anthropogenic emissions from diverse sources such as mining, coal combustion, and emissions from the use of leaded gasoline. The TM enrichment factors also increased significantly during the Industrial Revolution until a reduction at the end of the 70’S due to the progressive abolition of the leaded gasoline. [less ▲]

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See detailAtmospheric mercury deposition during the last 1500 years in We Europe: The Misten peat bog record (Hautes Fagnes - Belgium)
Allan, Mouhamd ULg; Fagel, Nathalie ULg; De Vleeschouwer, François et al

Poster (2011, April)

The current rate of global atmospheric Hg deposition is approximately three times higher than the preindustrial record and it even increased by a factor of 2-10 in the industrialized regions ... [more ▼]

The current rate of global atmospheric Hg deposition is approximately three times higher than the preindustrial record and it even increased by a factor of 2-10 in the industrialized regions.....()(Hylander and Meili 2003). To determine the extent of such increase, it is necessary to quantify the atmospheric mercury concentration and its temporal variation. For this purpose four 1m Wardenaar peat cores (MIS01W, 04W, 0W5 and 06W) were collected in 2008 in the ombrotrophic Misten bog (Hautes Fagnes Plateau, East Belgium). Mercury was measured using a DMA 80 at the Laboratory of Mechanisms and Transfers in Geology in Toulouse (LMTG, France). The strongest mercury concentrations are measured in the upper half peat record, in a depth interval corresponding to the Industrial Revolution period. Mercury accumulation rate was estimated by applying a coupled 210Pb- 14C age model. The mercury accumulation rate remains relatively small, ranging between 0.9 and 3.3 g.m 2.y 1 during periods corresponding to the decline of Roman Empire and during the Middle Ages. Hg accumulation rate starts to increase when 25 cm, reaching a maximum value (> 115 g.m 2.y 1) at 13.7 cm (i.e.; 1923-1938 AD). Then the values oscillate to reach 9 g.m 2.y 1 at the peat surface (2000-2007AD). In the Misten bog, the evolution of Hg accumulation rate is in agreement with the chronology of other European peat records .......()(Roos-Barraclough et al. 2002). [less ▲]

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See detailÉtude des apports en éléments traces métalliques dans la tourbière du Misten (Hautes-Fagnes): Niveau de contamination et variabilité spatiale.
Allan, Mouhamd ULg

Master's dissertation (2009)

Le but de notre travail était d'étudier l'histoire de la pollution des métaux traces dans la région de Misten (Belgique) au niveau local et au niveau régional, et de placer la pollution industrielle dans ... [more ▼]

Le but de notre travail était d'étudier l'histoire de la pollution des métaux traces dans la région de Misten (Belgique) au niveau local et au niveau régional, et de placer la pollution industrielle dans cette région dans une perspective historique plus large. [less ▲]

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