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See detailPotentiality of clay raw materials from northern Morocco in ceramic industry: Tetouan and Meknes areas
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Daoudi, Lahcen; De Vleeschouwer, François et al

in Journal of Minerals and Materials Characterization and Engineering (2014)

This study aims at evaluating the potential suitability of Tetouan and Meknes (central Morocco) clay material as raw materials in various ceramic applications by investigating their textural, chemical ... [more ▼]

This study aims at evaluating the potential suitability of Tetouan and Meknes (central Morocco) clay material as raw materials in various ceramic applications by investigating their textural, chemical, thermal and firing characteristics. Textural properties were identified by specific surface area, cation exchange capacity (CEC) and bulk density (ρs). Chemical and thermal properties were assessed using XRF and TG/DTA techniques, respectively. Firing characteristics at temperatures from 800°C to 1100°C were determined by linear firing shrinkage, loss on weight and water absorption capacity. The Meknes clays are characterised by medium cation exchange capacity (CEC) and specific surface area (SSA) values due to their moderate smectite content. The Tetouan clays have medium to low CEC and medium SSA values. The main oxides in the clayey samples are SiO2 (35 – 54.3 wt.%), Al2O3 (20.6 – 43.9 wt.%), and Fe2O3 (9.7 – 22.4 wt.%). The amount of CaO in Meknes clays ranges from 8 to 12 wt.%, whereas CaO is only present in some Tetouan clay (TE4, TE7, TN4 and TN5). A significant densification of ceramic behaviour could be noticed for most of Tetouan clays at firing temperatures above 1000°C. Meknes clays show earlier densification from 800 °C. The chemical, textural and ceramic properties of Tetouan and Meknes clays indicate their suitability as raw materials for the production of structural ceramics. The high amount of Fe2O3 in all clays makes them inappropriate in fine ceramics. [less ▲]

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See detailOmbrotrophic peat records of mercury deposition in Europe
Le roux, gael; Enrico, Maxime; Allan, Mohammed ULg et al

Conference (2013, August 02)

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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, Mohammed 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 detailVolcano- and climate-driven changes in atmospheric dust sources and fluxes since the Late Glacial in Central Europe
Le Roux, Gael; Fagel, Nathalie ULg; De Vleeschouwer, François et al

in Geology (2012)

Atmospheric dusts are an important part of the global climate system, and play an important role in the marine and terrestrial bio- geochemical cycles of major and trace nutrient elements. A peat bog ... [more ▼]

Atmospheric dusts are an important part of the global climate system, and play an important role in the marine and terrestrial bio- geochemical cycles of major and trace nutrient elements. A peat bog record of atmospheric deposition shows considerable variation in dust deposition during the past 15 k.y., with abrupt changes in fl uxes at 12, 9.2, 8.4, 7.2, and 6 cal. kyr B.P. Using Nd isotopes and rare earth ele- ments, it is possible to clearly distinguish between volcanic inputs and those driven by climate change, such as the long-term aridifi cation of the Sahara and regional erosion due to forest clearing and soil cultiva- tion activities. Our results indicate that a major dust event in North Africa and Europe preceded the 8.2 kyr B.P. cold event by 200 yr. This dust event may have played an active role in the following climate cooling of the 8.2 kyr B.P. event. Nd isotope evidence also indicates a relatively slow change in dust regime over Europe from 7 to 5 kyr B.P. due to Sahara expansion. These fi ndings show that the inorganic frac- tion in high-resolution peat records can provide remarkably sensitive indicators of dust load and sources. Our study supports the priority to better identify the impact of dust loading during the Holocene in terms of direct and indirect impacts on environmental and climate changes. [less ▲]

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See detail2500 years record of trace element metal in the Misten peat bog (Hautes Fagnes), Belgium
Allan, Mohammed 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, Mohammed 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 detailIntercomparison of radiocarbon bomb pulse and 210Pb age models. A study in a peat bog core from North Poland
Piotrowska, Natalia; De Vleeschouwer, François; Sikorski, Jaroslaw et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2010), Volume 268(7-8, April), 1163-1166

Radiocarbon and 210Pb were measured on the uppermost 40 cm of a Wardenaar peat core retrieved from a Baltic raised bog at Slowinskie Blota (Pomerania, North Poland). This site is the subject of ongoing ... [more ▼]

Radiocarbon and 210Pb were measured on the uppermost 40 cm of a Wardenaar peat core retrieved from a Baltic raised bog at Slowinskie Blota (Pomerania, North Poland). This site is the subject of ongoing multiproxy studies covering the last 1300 years. Radiocarbon age model was constructed on the basis of 14 AMS dates obtained on selected Sphagnum spp. fragments, with use of P_Sequence tool. We present here a comparison of this model with the age model obtained using CRS model classically applied to 210Pb measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailSedimentological fingerprints of paleoseimic activity revealed from lake sediments: a case study from the North Anatolian Fault (NAF), Turkey
Avsar, Ulas; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Fagel, Nathalie ULg et al

in Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America (2010, October)

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See detailSpatio-temporal natural and anthropogenic environmental variability during the last 1500yrs in an ombrotrophic bog (East Belgium).
De Vleeschouwer, François; Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Allan, Mohamed et al

Poster (2010)

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See detailMutliproxy investigation of climatic and anthropogenic changes in a Baltic bog (N. Poland) during the last millennium
De Vleeschouwer, François; Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Piotrowska, Natalia et al

Poster (2010)

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See detailDevelopment of lead-210 measurement in peat using polonium extraction. A procedural comparison
De Vleeschouwer, François; Sikorski, Jarek; Fagel, Nathalie ULg

in Geochronometria (2010)

Two chemical treatments for lead-210 measurement were compared on the sub-surface samples of a core from an ombrotrophic bog from East Belgium. The classical procedure involves a concentrated acid ... [more ▼]

Two chemical treatments for lead-210 measurement were compared on the sub-surface samples of a core from an ombrotrophic bog from East Belgium. The classical procedure involves a concentrated acid extraction of polonium. However, this treatment represents substantial health risks together with unknowns regarding both the degree of cleanliness and the Po extraction rate, and most importantly, is rather time consuming. We developed here an improved procedure involving an ashing step prior to acid extraction. This allows substantial improvements such as: 1/ the use of a relatively small amount of acid compared to the classical procedure and 2/ the substantial reduction of a total sample digestion time. Measurements of 210Pb concentrations were conducted by alpha spectrometry. Results show a good agreement of unsupported 210Pb activity obtained for both procedures, although some unknowns remain concerning the adsorption of 210Po on the plastic test tube, the volatilization of a small amount of ash, or the absorption of alpha particle at the alpha source surface. This however should not affect the 210Pb measurement as all the samples are spiked prior to ashing (i.e. the recoveries are fully monitored). Through this study, we are suggesting researchers to follow this new procedure in order to increase safety, cleanliness, better recovery and substantial time gain. [less ▲]

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See detailHolocene records of regional dust deposition using peat bogs
Le Roux, G.; De Vleeschouwer, François; Cheburkin, A. et al

in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (2008), 72(12), 535-535

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See detailIntercomparison of lead 210 and radiocarbon bomb pulse age models. A key study in a peat bog core from North Poland
Piotrowska, Natalia; De Vleeschouwer, François; Sikorski, Jaroslaw et al

Poster (2008)

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See detailAtmospheric lead and heavy metal pollution records from a Belgian peat bog spanning the last two millenia: Human impact on a regional to global scale
De Vleeschouwer, Francois; Gerard, Laetitia; Goormaghtigh, Catherine et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2007), 377(2-3), 282-295

Europe has been continuously polluted throughout the last two millennia. During the Roman Empire, these pollutions were mainly from ore extraction and smelting across Europe. Then, during the Middle Ages ... [more ▼]

Europe has been continuously polluted throughout the last two millennia. During the Roman Empire, these pollutions were mainly from ore extraction and smelting across Europe. Then, during the Middle Ages and the Early times of Industrial revolution (i.e. 1750), these pollutions extended to coal burning and combustion engine. Belgian ombrotrophic peat bogs have proved an effective archive of these pollutants and provide the opportunity to reconstruct the history of atmospheric deposition in NW Europe. The results of recent and past trace metal accumulation and Pb isotopes from a one-meter peat core (in the Misten peat bog) have been derived using XRF and Nu-plasma MC-ICP-MS. Combined with C-14 and Pb-210 dates these data have enabled us to trace fluxes in anthropogenic pollution back to original Roman times. Several periods of well-known Pb pollution events are clearly recorded including the Early and Late Roman Empire, the Middle Ages and the second industrial revolution. Also recorded is the introduction of leaded gasoline, and more recently the introduction of unleaded gasoline. Lead isotopes in this site have also enabled us to fingerprint several regional and global sources of anthropogenic particles. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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