alexa Vertical distribution of Cd, Pb and Zn in soils near smelters in the North of France.
Geology & Earth Science

Geology & Earth Science

Journal of Coastal Zone Management

Author(s): Sterckeman T, Douay F, Proix N, Fourrier H

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Abstract The analysis of the horizons of 12 soil profiles confirm occasionally significant levels of Cd, Pb and Zn contamination in the areas surrounding two lead and zinc smelters in the North of France. A pedological approach enabled the original Cd, Pb and Zn content of the horizons to be estimated, based on physico-chemical characteristics of soil unaffected by contamination. The main contamination was found in the upper 20-30 cm. Traces of Cd and Zn contamination were found at a depth of around 2 m. The mobility of the metals may be classified in the following order: Cd>>Pb> or =Zn. The concentration profile of a metal seems insufficient to evaluate its movement as the metal could have been leached beyond the contaminated horizons. The depth reached by the metals increases with their concentration in the surface horizon; a decrease in pH and an increase in sand content seem to facilitate their movement. The depth reached by Zn increases with the organic carbon content in the surface horizon. Earthworm galleries act as paths via which metals migrate downwards
This article was published in Environ Pollut and referenced in Journal of Coastal Zone Management

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