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Behaviour and ecotoxicology of aluminium in soil and water

Review of the scientific literature. Dedicated to Prof. Werner Klein on the occasion of his 60th birthday
: Klöppel, H.; Fliedner, A.; Kördel, W.


Chemosphere 35 (1997), No.1/2, pp.353-363
ISSN: 0045-6535
ISSN: 0366-7111
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IUCT ( IME) ()
Al compounds; Al product; aluminium; corrosion; environmental behaviour

The scientific literature on chemical and biological behaviour of aluminium products and aluminium compounds following exposure to environmental media is considered. Although many studies have been performed on corrosion of aluminium products, no precise information exists about the amount of aluminium released by dissolution of the protective layer of aluminium products. Since no data are available on the effect caused by introduction of anthropogenic aluminium into the environment a comparison between aluminium released as a result of human activity and geogenic aluminium is only possible by estimating the extent to which anthropogenic aluminium is released using purely theoretical premises. The important results in the literature about the availability and toxicological effects of metallic aluminium and aluminium compounds are presented. Finally, a general assessment of the environmental compatibility of aluminium products is given.