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The retention behavior of three toxic chemicals, As, Cr and B, was investigated for an outcropping rock formation, the Albian Tégulines Clay (France, Aube). At a shallow depth, Tégulines Clay is affected by weathering processes leading to contrasted geochemical conditions with depth. One of the main features of the weathering is the occurrence of a redox transition zone near the surface. Batch sorption experiments of As(V), As(III), Cr(VI) and B were performed on samples collected at two depths representative either of oxidized or reduced mineral assemblages. Batch sorption experiments highlighted a distinct behavior between As, Cr and B oxyanions. Cr(VI) retention behavior was dominated by redox phenomena, notably its reduction to Cr(III). The in-situ redox state of the Tégulines Clay samples has a significant effect on Cr retention. On the contrary, As(V) reduction into As(III) is moderate and its retention slightly affected by the in-situ redox state of the Tégulines Clay. As(V) retention is higher than As(III) retention in agreement with literature data. B retention is strongly related to its natural abundance in the Tégulines clay samples. Distribution coefficient of B corrected from its natural content is expected to be very low for in-situ conditions. Finally, the retention and mobility of these oxyanions were affected by clay mineralogy, natural abundance, and reducing capacity of the Tegulines Clay.
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Name: The Science of the total environment
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