Subaquatic plants as geochemical samples

Author : Tan Teong Hing
Publication : Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia
Page : 167 – 177
Volume Number : 16
Year : 1983

Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 16, Dec. 1983, pp. 167 – 177

Subaquatic plants as geochemical samples


Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Bangi, Selangor

*Presently at Unit Sains Bumi, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Sabah, Kota Kinahalu, Sabah.

Paper presented at GSM Economic Geology Seminar October 1982


Abstract: Along drainage systems, subaquatic plants invariably occur. These plants with their root systems immersed in water, behave as accumulator plants particularly towards soluble mobile heavy metals present in the water. The metal concentrations in these plants and in the stream sediments are compared.

The geochemical anomalies, determined from stream sediment samples, are always expressed by the subaquatic plants. The higher geochemical contrasts obtained from these plants, as compared to the stream sediments suggest that the plants can be used as samples for mineral prospecting.