Influence of a Nickel Smelter Plant on the Mineralogical Composition of Attic dust in the Tikveš Valley, Republic of Macedonia

Boev, Blazo and Stafilov, Trajče and Bačeva, Katerina and Šorša, Ajka and Boev, Ivan (2013) Influence of a Nickel Smelter Plant on the Mineralogical Composition of Attic dust in the Tikveš Valley, Republic of Macedonia. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 20 (6). ISSN 0944-1344

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Abstract

Mineral phases and their content were determined in attic dust samples collected from 27 houses in the Tikveš Valley, Republic of Macedonia. By using quantitative X-ray diffraction, the principal mineral phases were determined to be the serpentinite group (chrysotile, lizardite) and amphibole group of minerals (ribecite, tremolite, actinolite) present in the attic dust samples from this region which are not common constituents of urban dust. Strong correlations existed between these mineral phases in the dust and those in ores processed at a ferronickel smelter plant situated in this region. Spatial distributions of specific mineral phases were made and were consistent with wind directions and predicted deposition (60–70 %) of dust emitted from the metallurgical plant.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Natural sciences > Other natural sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Natural and Technical Sciences
Depositing User: Blazo Boev
Date Deposited: 22 May 2013 11:59
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2013 07:59
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/6386

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