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).

Evidence of Cr contamination in Cyprus soil as shown in the Geochemical Atlas of Cyprus and CrITERIA sampling areas in red circles.

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.

Three case study areas are been examined within CrITERIA in Cyprus: The mountainous area of Troodos and the lowland areas of Kokkinochoria and Kiti-Perivolia.

Ultramafic rock exposure in Troodos mountain, Cyprus.
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