Mineral Characterization of Soil Type Ranker Formed on Serpentines Occurring in Southern Belgrade Environs Bubanj Potok
AuthorsCekić, Božidar Đ.
Ivanovski, Valentin N.
Đorđević, Aleksandar N.
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The paper addresses the issue of health risk associated with the presence of chrysotile in the soil type ranker formed on massive serpentines occurring in the area of Bubanj Potok, a settlement located in the southern Belgrade environs, Serbia. Characterization of the ranker soil was conducted by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, micro-Raman spectroscopy and transmission Fe-57 Mossbauer spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy figures showed regular shaped smectite (montmorillonite) particles, aggregates of chlorite, and elongated sheets of serpentines minerals antigorite. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the presence of detrital mineral quartz polymorph as well as minor amounts of other mineral species. Micro-Raman spectroscopy identified the presence of dominant minerals, such as montmorillonite, kaolinite, muscovite, gypsum, calcite, albite, amphiboles (hornblende/kaersutite) and orthoclase. Important polymorph silica modifications of quartz, olivine (forsterite...), pyroxene (enstatite/ferrosilite, diopside/hedenbergite), and serpentine (antigorite/lizardite/chrysotile) were identified.
Keywords:ranker soil / serpentine / chrysotile / Mossbauer spectroscopy / micro-Raman spectroscopy
Source:Nuclear technology and radiation protection, 2012, 27, 2, 131-136
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