heavy metals


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heavy metals

Elements including cadmium, lead and mercury, all poisonous. Careless dumping can create local health hazards.
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Inextricably entangled in the mess to which he was clinging were numerous other landing hooks such as he had attached to the warrior's harness, and with one of these he sought to secure himself until the storm should abate sufficiently to permit him to climb to the deck, but even as he reached for one that swung near him the ship was caught in a renewed burst of the storm's fury, the thrashing cordage whipped and snapped to the lunging of the great craft and one of the heavy metal hooks, lashing through the air, struck the Jed of Gathol fair between the eyes.
The gipsy is a tough, active fellow, but not very skilful with his weapon, so that Joe's weight and strength tell in a minute; he is too heavy metal for him.
It was the figure of the wailer whom he had come to still, the figure of a young woman with a wooden skewer through the split septum of her nose, with a heavy metal ornament depending from her lower lip, which it had dragged down to hideous and repulsive deformity, with strange tattooing upon forehead, cheeks, and breasts, and a wonderful coiffure built up with mud and wire.
Pablo, "Leaching behaviour of magnesium phosphate cements containing high quantities of heavy metals," Journal of Hazardous Materials, vol.
Heavy metals pollution is a menace to our environment as they are foremost contaminating agents of our food supply, especially vegetables [1].
The coordinators and heads of the heavy metals areas of six regions of the country began to strengthen their competencies in order to develop actions that allow effective comprehensive care for people with exposure to heavy metals and other chemical substances.
Fruit juices are known to be high in sugars, but they could also pose another health risk: potentially harmful levels of heavy metals, according to testing conducted by Consumer Reports (CR), the non-profit advocacy organization.
To overcome the crisis, there is a tremendous pressure in protecting the available water resources from waste water pollution throughout the world [6].With the rapid evolution of industries, large quantities of hazardous effluents such as toxic chemicals, organic pollutants and heavy metals are generated [7].
In the current study, the effects of heavy metals on pea (Pisum sativum L.), which were exposed to 150 mg L-1 and 300 mg L-1 Cd, Pb and Cu treatments for 12 days, were investigated by using population parameters and Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) assay in the roots and leaves.
Keywords: Heavy metals, feces, meat, Panthera leo, atomic absorption spectrophotometry.