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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology
Center for Environment and Energy Research and Studies (CEERS)
ISSN: 1735-1472
EISSN: 1735-2630
Vol. 3, No. 2, 2006, pp. 167-172
Bioline Code: st06021
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2006, pp. 167-172

 en Preliminary assessment of heavy metals levels of soils of an oil field in the Niger Delta, Nigeria
C. M. A. Iwegbue, F. E. Egobueze and K. Opuene


This communication presents the results of preliminary investigation of the characteristic levels of heavy metals in surface soils of an oilfield in the Niger Delta. The results indicate higher concentration of the following metals: Cd, Pb, Cu; Ni, Zn, Cr, Mn and Hg in soils around the gas plant than the pipeline areas. There is a significant temporal and spatial variation in the concentrations of the heavy metals. Samples collected during the wet season showed lower concentrations of heavy metals. The distribution pattern of heavy metals follows the following order Fe> Mn> Zn> V> Cr> Pb> Cu> Ni> Cd> Hg> As. The soils around the oilfield could be considered unpolluted since the concentrations of the metals fit into background levels and concentrations found in natural and agricultural soils. Since metal build up is a gradual process, farmland, fishing ponds and water bodies closer to these facilities will be at risk of heavy metal pollution over time.

Heavy metals, soil, oil field, Niger Delta

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