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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management
World Bank assisted National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) - University of Port Harcourt
ISSN: 1119-8362
Vol. 18, No. 2, 2014, pp. 263-265
Bioline Code: ja14037
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2014, pp. 263-265

 en Heavy Metal Distribution in the Vicinity of Automobile Scrap Sites in Agbor, Nigeria
OSSAI, E.K.

Abstract

Surface soil in the vicinity of automobile scrap sites were studied for heavy metal level. The result revealed that the concentration of heavy metals in the various sites exceeded those of the control sites. The mean concentration ranges (mg kg-1) for heavy metals in these sites were 4.00 – 11.55 for Cd; 6.22 – 977 for Pb; 0.34 – 1.26 for Cu; 0.72–1.59 for Cr and 12.21 – 93.31 for Fe. However, the concentrations compared well with those found in normal agricultural soil and were below environmental quality criteria for soil for agriculture, residential and industrial purposes except for cadmium. The accumulation pattern for the metals followed the order Fe > Cd > Pb > Cr > Cu. Cadmium represented a contamination hazards in these sites.

Keywords
Vehicle scrap; heavy metals; soil concentration; Nigeria

 
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