Distribution of some elements in surface soil over the Kavadarci region, Republic of Macedonia

Stafilov, Trajče and Sajn, Robert and Boev, Blazo and Cvetković, Julijana and Mukaetov, Duško and Andreevski, Marjan and Lepitkova, Sonja (2010) Distribution of some elements in surface soil over the Kavadarci region, Republic of Macedonia. Environmental Earth Sciences, 61 (7). pp. 1515-1530.

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The results of a first systematic study of spatial distribution of different elements in surface soil over of the Kavadarci region, Republic of Macedonia, known for its nickel industrial activity are reported. The investigated region (360 km2) is covered by a sampling grid of 2 × 2 km2; whereas the sampling grid of 1 × 1 km2 was applied in the urban zone and around the ferronickel smelter plant (117 km2). In total 344 soil samples from 172 locations were collected. At each sampling point soil samples were collected at two depths, topsoil (0–5 cm) and bottom soil (20–30 cm). Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was applied for the determination of 36 elements (Ag, Al, As, Au, B, Ba, Bi, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Ga, Hg, K, La, Mn, Na, Mg, Mo, Ni, P, Pb, S, Sb, Sc, Se, Sr, Th, Tl, Ti, U, V, W and Zn). Data analysis and construction of maps were performed using the Paradox (ver. 9), Statistica (ver. 6.1), AutoDesk Map (ver. 2008) and Surfer (ver. 8.09) software. Four geogenic and three anthropogenic geochemical associations were established. Within the research, natural and anthropogenic enrichment with heavy metals was determined. Principally, the natural enrichment is related especially to Ni. Pollution by As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Hg, Mo, Pb and Zn is basically insignificant.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Soil - Heavy metals - Pollution - Kavadarci, Republic of Macedonia
Subjects: Natural sciences > Other natural sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Natural and Technical Sciences
Depositing User: Blazo Boev
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2012 08:58
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2013 13:19
URI: https://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/1416

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