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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9(4), 434-453;

Analysis of Soil Heavy Metal Pollution and Pattern in Central Transylvania

Babes Bolyai University, Faculty of Physics, 1st M. Kogalniceanu, 400084 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
“Iuliu Haţieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca, 6 Louis Pasteur, 400349 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, 103-105 Muncii Bvd, 400641 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Received: 28 January 2008 / Revised: 29 March 2008 / Accepted: 31 March 2008 / Published: 2 April 2008
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The concentration of five soil heavy metals (Pb, Co, Cr, Cu, Hg) was measured in forty sampling sites in central Transylvania, Romania, regions known as centres of pollution due to the chemical and metallurgical activities. The soil samples were collected from locations where the ground is not sliding and the probability of alluvial deposits is small. The concentration of heavy metals was measured by using the Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometry method. Data were verified by using the Neutron Activation Analysis method. In some locations, the concentration for the investigated heavy metals exceeds the concentration admitted by the Romanian guideline. The highest concentration of lead (1521.8 ppm) and copper (1197.6 ppm) was found in Zlatna. The highest concentration of chromium was found in Târnăveni (1080 ppm). The maximum admitted concentrations in the sensitive areas revealed to be exceed from five to forty times. View Full-Text
Keywords: Soil pollutant; Heavy metals (Co; Cr; Cu; Pb; Hg); Central Transylvania. Soil pollutant; Heavy metals (Co; Cr; Cu; Pb; Hg); Central Transylvania.

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Suciu, I.; Cosma, C.; Todică, M.; Bolboacă, S.D.; Jäntschi, L. Analysis of Soil Heavy Metal Pollution and Pattern in Central Transylvania. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9, 434-453.

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