versão impressa ISSN 0100-4042
GAETE, Hernán; ARANGUIZ, Fernanda; CIENFUEGOS, Gabriela e TEJOS, Marisol. Heavy metals and toxicity of waters of the Aconcagua River in Chile. Quím. Nova [online]. 2007, vol.30, n.4, pp. 885-891. ISSN 0100-4042. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-40422007000400023.
The toxicity of surface waters in a zone with mining activity in the Aconcagua River was determined through growth inhibition bioassays of Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata, and correlated with heavy metal concentrations. Results show that the waters near the discharge of the mining effluent displayed toxicity during all periods of study; the molybdenum and copper concentration exceeded the norms of water quality. The correlations between the concentrations of metals and the growth rate of P. subcapitata varied in the different periods of the study; inverse and significant correlations with copper stand out in some periods.
Palavras-chave : toxicity; Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata; heavy metals.