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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 18 | Page No.: 3170-3174
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2007.3170.3174
 
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Physicochemical Studies on Uburu Salt Lake Ebonyi State-Nigeria

I.E. Akubugwo , C.J. Ofoegbu and C.U. Ukwuoma

Abstract:
Physicochemical properties of soil (sediment) and water from Uburu salt lake were evaluated and compared with control soil and surface water from the same community. Results showed significant (p<0.05) higher values for the heavy metals cadmium, chromium, copper, lead and zinc in the lake water relative to the control. The values of these metals in the lake soil (sediments) however, were significantly (p<0.05) lower than the control soil. Similar significant (p<0.05) elevations were observed in the lake water temperature, salinity, pH, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, nitrate, carbonate, sulphate and phosphate levels compared to the control. Significant (p<0.05) changes were also noted in the lake soil’s pH, exchangeable acidity, nitrogen, organic carbon, calcium and magnesium levels. Also the soil texture was affected relative to the control. In a number of cases, the values of the studied parameters were higher than the permissible WHO standards. In view of these findings, cautious use of the salt lake soil and water is advocated.
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How to cite this article:

I.E. Akubugwo , C.J. Ofoegbu and C.U. Ukwuoma , 2007. Physicochemical Studies on Uburu Salt Lake Ebonyi State-Nigeria. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 10: 3170-3174.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2007.3170.3174

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjbs.2007.3170.3174

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