Assessment of indices of tundra phytocoenosis pollution with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

14 structures of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were identified in the organogenic soil horizon and plants of the south shrub tundra belt, at a background plot and at a coal mine. The polyarenes in soils and plants were mainly represented by light structures. On the background and polluted areas, mosses of Pleurozium schreberi, Polytrichum commune and grasses of Deschampsia caespitosa, Festuca ovina contained the highest PAH amounts. PAH bioaccumulation in plants is mainly dependent on their physiological features.