Stream waters were sampled weekly during spring and monthly during summer and autumn in 1998. The streams are more or less acidified, and some have been treated with lime. The aluminium fractions (total monomeric Al, organic monomeric Al, inorganic monomeric Al) were determined colourimetrically with pyrocatechol violet combined with cation exchange using Continuous Flow Analysis (Autoanalyzer I). The levels of inorganic monomeric aluminium varied substantially, between <3 to 271 μg/1. The levels were higher in untreated than in limed waters and twice as high in the most humic waters as in less humic waters. The importance of aluminium mobilisation from the catchments was obvious, with higher aluminium concentrations in surface runoff (unbalanced stream waters) compared to lake outlets (balanced and precipitated lake water). The highest mean levels were measured at spring, whereas the highest single peaks occurred during summer. Inorganic monomeric and total monomeric aluminium was best correlated to ion ratio and pH whereas acid soluble aluminium and organic monomeric aluminium was best correlated to TOC, water colour and iron.
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