Penguin Monitoring of Antarctic Peninsula, South Orkney Is., South Shetland Is.

Project Description
A study was undertaken to evaluate the content and distribution of eight key elements, namely, As, Cd, Co, Cu, Hg, Mn, Pb and Se in liver, kidney and muscle of chick individuals of Adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae). Samples were collected during the 2002/2003 austral summer season campaign around Jubany Station (Argentine scientific station), Potter Cove, King George Island. Solutions of organs were prepared by acid-assisted microwave (MW) digestion by employing HNO3 and H202. Instrumental techniques selected to analyze the different tissues were inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP OES) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).