Nelson Belzile

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The study identifies the role played by different components of natural aquatic systems on the poorly known geochemistry of antimony. Different chemical forms of antimony were measured in porewaters and sediments of two Sudbury lakes characterized by contrasting redox conditions at the sediment-water interface. In porewaters, Sb(III) was present under(More)
The objective of the present article is to present a critical overview of issues related to the current state of knowledge on the behaviour of antimony in the environment. It makes no attempt to systematically review all published data. However, it does provide a list of the main published reviews on antimony and identifies subjects where systematic reviews(More)
The lakes in Killarney Provincial Park (KPP) located 40-60 km southwest of Sudbury, Ontario are beginning to recover after decades of being severely affected by acidification and atmospheric pollutants. Detailed profiles of acid-recoverable trace elements (As. Cd, Cu, Co. Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn) were obtained after aqua regia digestion and ICP-OES analysis(More)
The concentrations of total mercury (Hg), methylmercury (MeHg) and total selenium (Se) were determined in muscle, liver and brain tissues of young-of-the-year walleye (Stizosedion vitreum) specimens collected from 8 boreal lakes that are located within 107km around the Sudbury smelters in Ontario, Canada. Dry weight basis concentrations of Hg were highest(More)
In this study, we showed that selenium (Se) deposition from metal smelters in Sudbury, Ontario, greatly reduces the bioassimilation of mercury (Hg) by aquatic biota throughout the food web. Concentrations of total and methyl mercury in tissues of zooplankton, mayflies (Stenonema femoratum), amphipods (Hyalella azteca), and youngof-the-year perch (Perca(More)
A microwave preparation procedure is proposed for selenium speciation in natural and drinking waters. Different chemical reagents were tested, and the conditions for Se speciation were optimized. The effect of the different reagents on various oxidation states of selenium under microwave digestion conditions was investigated. Most of the Se(-II) was(More)
Contaminant inputs to the lower Great Lakes (LGL) have decreased since the 1960s and 1970s, but elemental contaminants continue to enter the LGL watershed at levels that are potentially deleterious to migratory waterfowl. Mute swans (Cygnus olor) using the LGL primarily eat plants, are essentially nonmigratory, forage exclusively in aquatic systems, and(More)
Common loons (Gavia immer) are piscivorous, high-trophic level feeders that bioaccumulate inorganic contaminants at concentrations that can negatively impact their health and reproduction. Concentrations of inorganic contaminants, especially mercury (Hg), in blood, organs, and muscle have been quantified in common loons on breeding grounds, but these data(More)
A study on the assimilation and detoxification of selenium and mercury and on the interaction between these two elements was conducted on Pseudomonas fluorescens. P. fluorescens was able to convert separately both elements to their elemental forms, which are less toxic and biologically less available. To study the converting mechanism of selenite to(More)
Accumulation of selenium (Se) by lesser and greater scaup (Aythya affinis, A. marila) at staging and wintering areas could have contributed to the decline in their continental population. We exposed lesser scaup to background (0.8 μg/g), moderate (8.1 μg/g) and high (20.7 μg/g) levels of dietary Se in captivity and measured survival rates and indices of(More)