Effects of oil sands processing emissions on the boreal forest
Results of a research project carried out near Fort McMurray in the boreal forest areas surrounding the Athabasca Oil Sands of northern Alberta, in order to determine impact of emissions from processing plants on lichens, mosses, soils and jack pine.
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Adapted from Addison Addison and Baker air pollution Alberta aqueous S02 aspen Athabasca 0il Sands biomonitoring sites Black spruce boreal forest C02 assimilation rate Canadian Forestry Service canopy chlorophyll chloroplasts CM CM confidence limits decrease detect determine Dystric Brunisol soil elemental content Evemia Evernia mesomorpha Feather moss gaseous S02 germination Green alder growth H H H inhibited jack pine seedlings juL L-1 Khan and Malhotra L'Hirondelle Labrador tea LFH horizon lichens lipid Malhotra and Khan measured metabolic metals needles Northern Forestry Centre oil sands area oil sands operations Paper birch pattern peroxidase photosynthesis pine seedlings grown Pinus banksiana plant species pollutant mixtures pollution source protein biosynthesis replicates responses of jack S02 concentrations S02 fumigation samples Sands Environmental Research significantly sites Addison sulfation plates Sulfur Sulfur content Suncor operations Table technique sites thallus tissue uptake variability various pollutants vascular plant vicinity visible symptom development White spruce