Trace element distribution in surface soils from a coal burning power production area: A case study from the largest power plant site in Serbia
AuthorsDragović, Snežana D.
Slavković-Beškoski, Latinka J.
Gajić, Boško A.
Onjia, Antonije E.
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The content of trace elements (As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn) in surface soils in the area surrounding the largest coal-fired power plant in Serbia was determined to assess the contribution of emissions to pollution. Analysis of mutual associations between the trace elements and their correlation with soil particle size fractions indicated anthropogenic origin at most sampling sites. Enrichment factor analysis confirmed these findings. Common patterns in trace element concentrations of the analysed soils were identified by hierarchical cluster analysis. Explanatory spatial analysis, used for characterization and mapping of spatial variability patterns, revealed the highest concentrations of trace elements in areas in predominant wind directions. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords:Soil pollution / Enrichment factor / Cluster analysis / Spatial distribution
Source:Catena, 2013, 104, 288-296
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