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Geo-Bio Interactions: Implications on plant and human health

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CB Dissanayake

Institute of Fundamental Studies, Hantana Road, Kandy, LK
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Abstract

Rocks are the fundamental building blocks of the earth. Chemical weathering of rocks of different chemical compositions yields soils with their characteristic chemistry reflecting in part the original composition of the rocks. These soils may therefore, have major and trace elements in varying quantities and these concentrations then influence the nature of plants growing on them and the composition of the groundwater. In all geochemical cycles therefore, the multitude of interactions between the geosphere – hydrosphere and biosphere yield fascinating impacts on plant growth and human health. The general health of a population living on a particular geological environment therefore is markedly influenced by the chemistry of that geological environment.

Key words: geological environment, trace elements, serpentinite deposits, hyperaccumulation

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/cjsbs.v40i1.3402

CJSBS 2011; 40(1): 1-12

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjsbs.v40i1.3402
How to Cite: Dissanayake, C., (2011). Geo-Bio Interactions: Implications on plant and human health. Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Sciences). 40(1), pp.1–12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjsbs.v40i1.3402
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Published on 24 Aug 2011.
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