Ecotoxicology: Lead

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Lead (Pb) is a naturally occurring metallic element; trace concentrations are found in all environmental media and in all living things. However, certain human activities, especially base metal mining and smelting; combustion of leaded gasoline; the use of Pb in hunting, target shooting, and recreational angling; the use of Pb-based paints; and the uncontrolled disposal of Pb-containing products such as old vehicle batteries and electronic devices have resulted in increased environmental levels of Pb, and have created risks for Pb exposure and toxicity in invertebrates, fish, and wildlife in some ecosystems.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Ecotoxicology: Lead
Year Published 2008
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Publisher location Oxford
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title Encyclopedia of Ecology v. 3
First page 2133
Last page 2139