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International Journal of Soil Science
  Year: 2008 | Volume: 3 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 48-51
DOI: 10.3923/ijss.2008.48.51
 
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Characteristic Levels of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon in Soil Profiles of Automobile Mechanic Waste Dumps

Chukwujindu M.A. Iwegbue, E.S. Williams and G.E. Nwajei

Abstract:
This communication present the results of the determination of total petroleum hydrocarbon content of soil profiles of automobile mechanic waste dumps. The levels of petroleum hydrocarbon in all sites ranged from 486-4438.7, 116.3-433.4 and 54.5-244.2 mg kg-1 for 0-15, 15-30 and 30-60 cm depths, respectively. The concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbon in automobile waste dump sites are relatively high and represent elevated concentrations above background levels found in unpolluted soils. The hydrocarbon concentrations show no relationship with the soil physicochemical characteristics and ages of the dumpsites. Automobile mechanic waste dumps represent a potential sources of petroleum hydrocarbon contamination in soils, sediments, surface water and groundwater in areas remote from oil exploration and production sites.
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How to cite this article:

Chukwujindu M.A. Iwegbue, E.S. Williams and G.E. Nwajei, 2008. Characteristic Levels of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon in Soil Profiles of Automobile Mechanic Waste Dumps. International Journal of Soil Science, 3: 48-51.

DOI: 10.3923/ijss.2008.48.51

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ijss.2008.48.51

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