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HEAVY METALS

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French Equivalent: Métaux lourds

Definition:
Heavy metals are potentially toxic metals used in industrial processes, for example, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel and zinc. They may damage plant and animal life at low concentrations and tend to accumulate in the food chain.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Monday, November 12, 2001