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Research Journal of Environmental Sciences
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 3 | Issue: 3 | Page No.: 316-320
DOI: 10.3923/rjes.2009.316.320
 
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The Effect of Oil-Spillage on the Soil of Eleme in Rivers State of the Niger-Delta Area of Nigeria

T.A. Abii and P.C. Nwosu

Abstract:
Two oil-spill affected areas (Ogali and Agbonchia) were identified as the study areas while a geographically similar but unaffected area (Aleto) served as control. Sampling site was delimited at each area by the grid technique and soil samples were collected at top surface 0-15 cm and sub-surface 130 cm depth. Some physiochemical properties that reflect soil nutrient content and fertility status (K, Ca, Mg, C, P, pH, Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) and structure) were determined using standard methods and results from the three areas were compared. There was a significant decrease in the Ca K, P (CEC), as well as a significant increase in the sand fraction and Na content of the oil-spill affected soils of (Ogali and Agbonichia) when compared with the non-affected soil of (Aleto). The acidic nature of the soils could not be attributed entirely to the oil spill since the control soil of Aleto was equally acidic. The results indicate that oil-spill has adversely affected the nutrient level and fertility status of Eleme soil, necessitating the inclusion of Eleme in the ongoing remediation technique for soil cleaning in Rivers State.
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How to cite this article:

T.A. Abii and P.C. Nwosu, 2009. The Effect of Oil-Spillage on the Soil of Eleme in Rivers State of the Niger-Delta Area of Nigeria. Research Journal of Environmental Sciences, 3: 316-320.

DOI: 10.3923/rjes.2009.316.320

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=rjes.2009.316.320

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