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Arsenic in Surface Soils Affected by Mining and Metallurgical Processing in K. Mitrovica Region, Kosovo
Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Sts. Cyril and Methodius University, POB 162, 1001 Skopje, Macedonia
Faculty of Medicine, Prishtina University, Bulevardi i deshmoreve, Prishtina, 10000, Kosovo
Geological Survey of Slovenia, Dimiceva ul. 14, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Received: 9 October 2010; in revised form: 25 October 2010 / Accepted: 16 November 2010 / Published: 18 November 2010
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
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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.
Stafilov T, Aliu M, Sajn R. Arsenic in Surface Soils Affected by Mining and Metallurgical Processing in K. Mitrovica Region, Kosovo. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2010; 7(11):4050-4061.
Stafilov, Trajce; Aliu, Milihate; Sajn, Robert. 2010. "Arsenic in Surface Soils Affected by Mining and Metallurgical Processing in K. Mitrovica Region, Kosovo." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 7, no. 11: 4050-4061.