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Cadmium: From Toxicity to Essentiality

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Attention for Chapter 2: Biogeochemistry of Cadmium and Its Release to the Environment
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Chapter title
Biogeochemistry of Cadmium and Its Release to the Environment
Chapter number 2
Book title
Cadmium: From Toxicity to Essentiality
Published in
Metal ions in life sciences, February 2016
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-5179-8_2
Pubmed ID
Book ISBNs
978-9-40-075178-1, 978-9-40-075179-8

Jay T. Cullen, Maria T. Maldonado, Cullen, Jay T., Maldonado, Maria T.


Cadmium is at the end of the 4d-transition series, it is relatively mobile and acutely toxic to almost all forms of life. In this review we present a summary of information describing cadmium's physical and chemical properties, its distribution in crustal materials, and the processes, both natural and anthropogenic, that contribute to the metal's mobilization in the biosphere. The relatively high volatility of Cd metal, its large ionic radius, and its chemical speciation in aquatic systems makes Cd particularly susceptible to mobilization by anthropogenic and natural processes. The biogeochemical cycle of Cd is observed to be significantly altered by anthropogenic inputs, especially since the beginning of the industrial revolution drove increases in fossil fuel burning and non-ferrous metal extraction. Estimates of the flux of Cd to the atmosphere, its deposition and processing in soils and freshwater systems are presented. Finally, the basin scale distribution of dissolved Cd in the ocean, the ultimate receptacle of Cd, is interpreted in light of the chemical speciation and biogeochemical cycling of Cd in seawater. Paradoxically, Cd behaves as a nutrient in the ocean and its cycling and fate is intimately tied to uptake by photosynthetic microbes, their death, sinking and remineralization in the ocean interior. Proximate controls on the incorporation of Cd into biomass are discussed to explain the regional specificity of the relationship between dissolved Cd and the algal nutrient phosphate (PO[Formula: see text]) in oceanic surface waters and nutriclines. Understanding variability in the Cd/PO[Formula: see text] is of primary interest to paleoceanographers developing a proxy to probe the links between nutrient utilization in oceanic surface waters and atmospheric CO(2) levels. An ongoing international survey of trace elements and their isotopes in seawater will undoubtedly increase our understanding of the deposition, biogeochemical cycling and fate of this enigmatic, sometimes toxic, sometimes beneficial heavy metal.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 92 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 18 20%
Student > Bachelor 17 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 14%
Researcher 10 11%
Professor > Associate Professor 4 4%
Other 11 12%
Unknown 19 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 21 23%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 15 16%
Chemistry 12 13%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 8 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 5%
Other 7 8%
Unknown 24 26%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 4. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 April 2021.
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