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Asian Journal of Biochemistry
  Year: 2020 | Volume: 15 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 28-35
DOI: 10.3923/ajb.2020.28.35
 
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Influence of Soil Properties on Metal Availability: A Case Study of Arufu and Akwana Mine, Taraba State, Nigeria

G.G. Yebpella , B. N. Hikon, A.M. Magomya, Y. Joshua and M. Paninga

Abstract:
Background and Objectives: To assess the level of interactions between soil pH, organic matter, carbonate cation exchange capacity and trace metals present in mine soil. Hence determine the release and concentrations of these metals in the soil as may pose serious health challenges to both man and animals. This study aimed at the influence of soil properties on trace metals availability. Materials and Methods: Soil digests were determined by using Varian AA240 Atomic absorption spectrophotometer equipped with Zeeman’s background correction (Varian, New Jersey, USA). Results: The study reveals that soil pH in Arufu and Akwana are within the range of 6.42-7.54 and 6.42-7.53, respectively while organic matter content ranged from 0.278-0.493 in Arufu soils, 0.212-0.483 in Akwana soils. The average availability of metals in soils are in the order: Mn>Pb>Zn>Cu>Co>Cr. Arufu and Akwana soils displayed similar inter-element Pearson correlation which revealed a very high positive correlation with high significant probability (p<0.01) between Zn/Cu. and a weak positive correlation with high significant probability (p<0.05) between Zn/Cr. Conclusion: The positive relationship observed is an indication of possible geochemical and probable mineralogical association between these metals.
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G.G. Yebpella, B. N. Hikon, A.M. Magomya, Y. Joshua and M. Paninga, 2020. Influence of Soil Properties on Metal Availability: A Case Study of Arufu and Akwana Mine, Taraba State, Nigeria. Asian Journal of Biochemistry, 15: 28-35.

DOI: 10.3923/ajb.2020.28.35

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ajb.2020.28.35

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