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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 9 | Issue: 6 | Page No.: 1121-1127
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2009.1121.1127
 
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Metals Distribution in Topsoils Around Industrial Town of Ahwaz II, Ahwaz, Iran

M.Sh. Fazeli, M.H. Moosavi, M. Pournia and Z. Jassemi Zergani

Abstract:
The objective of this investigation was to assess the extent and severity of heavy metals pollution and conduct to identify the source (lithogenic and anthropogenic) within the topsoil of the vicinity of the industrial town of Ahwaz II in Khuzestan Province. Twenty soil samples were collected from topsoils around the industrial town at the depth of 0-10 cm and they were digested with aqua regia for heavy metal (Cu, Zn, Cr and Ni) analysis, using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer. Sample collection, preparation and analysis (Bulk chemical analysis and chemical partitioning studies) were conducted by using EPA standard method. The abundance of measured heavy metals in the soils was decreased as: Ni > Zn > Cr > Cu. In most cases the concentration of heavy metals in the soils was lower than the tolerable level for multifunctional land use. Results of the chemical partitioning analysis stated that the percentage of the lithogenic source of heavy metals in the topsoil samples are almost double of that are shown for anthropogenic source at the surrounding area of the industrial town of Ahwaz II.
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M.Sh. Fazeli, M.H. Moosavi, M. Pournia and Z. Jassemi Zergani, 2009. Metals Distribution in Topsoils Around Industrial Town of Ahwaz II, Ahwaz, Iran. Journal of Applied Sciences, 9: 1121-1127.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2009.1121.1127

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2009.1121.1127

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