Lead distribution in soil due to lithogenic and anthropogenic factors in the Bregalnica river basin

Balabanova, Biljana and Stafilov, Trajče and Sajn, Robert and Tănăselia, Claudiu (2015) Lead distribution in soil due to lithogenic and anthropogenic factors in the Bregalnica river basin. Geologica Macedonica, 29 (1). pp. 53-61. ISSN 0352-1206

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The distribution of lead, which in higher content represents hazard to the environment, causes certain unwanted consequences on human health. Therefore, the environmental monitoring not only for the lithogenic but also for the anthropogenic distribution leads to determination of the main hot spots in the environment. Bregalnica river basin in the Republic of Macedonia was selected as a study area with the presence of three potential emission sources: lead and zinc mines (“Zletovo” and “Sasa” mines) and copper mine (Bučim mine). The lead contents in alluvial and automorphic soil range from 4.4 to 46000 mg kg-1. The most enriched subarea with lead in the Bregalnica river basin is the Zletovo–Kamenica region. The average Pb content in these subareas is 3100 mg kg–1. Despite the anthropogenic activities in the above mentioned mines, enriched Pb deposition in soil is mainly correlated with the dominant geological formations, such as Neogene pyroclastites and vulcanites and Proterozoic gneisse and shales.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: lead distribution; soil; multivariate analysis; ICP-MS; Pb-Zn mine; Bregalnica river
Subjects: Natural sciences > Chemical sciences
Natural sciences > Earth and related environmental sciences
Agricultural Sciences > Other agricultural sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
Depositing User: Biljana Balabanova
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2015 09:42
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2015 09:42
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/14574

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