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Why should I avoid the term “Heavy Metals”

The term “Heavy Metals” has about 40 different definitions. Many publications even list arsenic or antimony in tables called “Heavy Metal Analyses” – but neither arsenic nor antimony is a metal at all! Because of that fact, we want you to avoid that term in your papers for “Mine Water and the Environment” and our proceedings. Please substitute the term by either “Metals” or “Metals and Semi-Metals” or whichever term is correct.

Read the following paper to understand our reason for this procedure:

PDFDuffus, J. H. (2002): “Heavy Metals” – A meaningless term? – Pure Appl. Chem., 74 (5): 793-807.

This paper is published here under the copyright of IUPAC©

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 January 2013 10:34  

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