Cyprus is an island in East Mediterranean with evident effects of climatic change. The presence of an ophiolite complex on Troodos mountain in combination of no previous concise data on hexavalent chromium in the water (ground surface or stream) present a good case for examining the hypothesis of contamination of water by geogenic Cr(VI).
CrITERIA project has been an opportunity to answer open questions from soil geochemical mapping relating to chromium distribution in the soils of Cyprus (Geochemical Atlas of Cyprus, Cohen et al 2011). Anthropogenic origin of contamination is also been examined as a result of effluents from light industry, intensive agriculture, animal husbandry etc. in Cyprus lowlands.
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