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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(11), 4050-4061; doi:10.3390/ijerph7114050
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Arsenic in Surface Soils Affected by Mining and Metallurgical Processing in K. Mitrovica Region, Kosovo

1,* , 2
 and 3
1 Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Sts. Cyril and Methodius University, POB 162, 1001 Skopje, Macedonia 2 Faculty of Medicine, Prishtina University, Bulevardi i deshmoreve, Prishtina, 10000, Kosovo 3 Geological Survey of Slovenia, Dimiceva ul. 14, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 9 October 2010 / Revised: 25 October 2010 / Accepted: 16 November 2010 / Published: 18 November 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Soil Pollution: Prevention and Mitigation)
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Abstract

The results of a study on the spatial distribution of arsenic in topsoil (0–5 cm) over the K. Mitrovica region, Kosovo, are reported. The investigated region (300 km2) was covered by a sampling grid of 1.4 km × 1.4 km. In total, 159 soil samples were collected from 149 locations. Inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was applied for the determination of arsenic levels. It was found that the average content of arsenic in the topsoil for the entire study area was 30 mg/kg (from 2.1 to 3,900 mg/kg) which exceeds the estimated European arsenic average in topsoil by a factor of 4.3. Contents of arsenic in the topsoil exceeded the optimum value recommended by the new Dutchlist (29 mg/kg As) in 124 km2. The action value (55 mg/kg As) was exceeded in 64 km2, with the average content of 105 mg/kg (from 55 to 3,900 mg/kg As).
Keywords: arsenic; soil; pollution; K. Mitrovica; Republic of Kosovo arsenic; soil; pollution; K. Mitrovica; Republic of Kosovo
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Stafilov, T.; Aliu, M.; Sajn, R. Arsenic in Surface Soils Affected by Mining and Metallurgical Processing in K. Mitrovica Region, Kosovo. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 4050-4061.

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