Sulfur in bladder wrack from the Sylt-Römö-Watt

Increasing sulfur levels until the early 2000s

Sulfur is an essential element for all organisms. It is not bioaccumulated. In contaminated environments, however, sulfur levels in plants may be elevated.
In bladder wrack from the Sylt-Römö-Watt sulfur levels increased between the mid 1980s and the early 2000s. This was probably a result of increased emissions from industry and traffic. Thereafter improved emission protection obviously prevented further increases in environmental sulfur.

Sulfur in bladder wrack from the Sylt-Römö-Watt
Fig. 1: Sulfur in bladder wrack from the Sylt-Römö-Watt Zoom in

 

Recommended profiles

Specimen

Common bladder wrack Common brown alga of the coastal areas of the North and Baltic Sea

Analytes

Sulfur Ubiquitous element which naturally occurs in its elementary form as well as in sulfide- and sulfate minerals

Sampling area

BR/NP Wattenmeere National park in the world largest connected sand and mud flats.