Lead Isotopes on Water

Mining, industrial activities, and other use of fossil fuels result in the release of various forms of lead pollutants and other heavy metals into the environment. Lead isotopes can provide valuable data by tracing the source and origin (geogenic vs. anthropogenic) of contamination in water.

Lead isotopes within surface and groundwater can be natural or artificial in nature, the latter posing health risks given lead’s role as an accumulative toxin. Various Pb isotopes can be measured within ground and surface waters to quantify the level of pollution and discern the likely source and origin, such as mining, manufacturing, paints, or cosmetics.

Sample Requirements:

Water – 125 ml: Use any type of small-neck plastic bottle (HDPE, LDPE, PP) to collect your sample. Rinse the bottle with the running sample water prior to collection. Do not add any chemicals to the water, do not acidify the water. Fill the bottle all the way to the top, but keep the neck of the bottle empty to allow for any necessary expansion during shipment. Please put the bottles inside a plastic bag and seal the bag with a zip-tie or duct tape. Clearly label both the bottle and the plastic bag.

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Lead Isotopes Methodology
Sample Requirements For Lead Isotopes