Zahid O. Alibrahim is faculty of science and engineering, Koya University, Erbil, Iraq. He received his B.Sc. and MSc. From the University of Mosul, Iraq, College of Science, Geology Department in 1995 and 2003, respectively. From 1999 -2004 worked as a Geologist at the Iraqi General State of Geological Survey and Mineral investigation. Research interests are soils and environmental pollution by heavy metals. He has three publications and attended five conference. From 2005 – 2013, He was a member staff at the faculty of Science and Engineering, Koya University, Erbil, Iraq. Currently he is researcher at the University of Wolverhampton, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Wolverhampton, UK. Dr. Craig D. Williams is a professor at the University of Wolverhampton, BSc, MSc and PhD all in Chemistry, research interests are zeolites and other porous materials, I have 81 publications, I have attended over 40 conferences, I was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Royal Biology Society. I also have an award from the International Centre for Diffraction. Dr. Clive L. Roberts is a member of teaching staff at the University of Wolverhampton, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Wolverhampton, UK, WV1 1LY. His research interests are soil, water and environmental pollution. He has 25 papers, and attended 15 conferences.


The present study area is located at the southern part of the Peak District, England, UK. It has long mining history for the production of Cu, Pb, and Zn. As a consequence, a legacy of contaminated sites was left in the area that may pose a potential risk to the ambient environment. Since the area is currently being used by grazing livestock, therefore, bioavailability investigation of potentially toxic metals such as Cu, Pb, Zn, Mn, Cr, Ni, and V has been carried out using one step extraction procedure of 0.01 M EDTA, as this would help for better understanding of the risk that heavy metals can pose to living organisms. To this end, a total of 51 samples of topsoils, floodplain soils, and stream sediment soils (37, 11, and 3 respectively) were collected, and analysed for their total concentrations using ICP (Inductively Coupled Plasma) optical emission spectroscopy. Results show that, depending on the bioavailable ratio, soil samples have the biggest EDTA extractable amount for all studied metals, except for Mn and Cr for which highest levels were found in the floodplain samples. However, on the basis of national bioavailable mean amount in England and Wales, the amount of EDTA metal extractable for all selected metals from soil samples are exceeded the national average amounts of England and Wales, except for Mn and Ni, whereas in floodplain and stream sediment samples, all EDTA metals extractions are lower than the national mean levels, except Cu and Zn for flood plan samples. Principal component analysis (PCA) technique was performed to investigate how the bioavailable fractions of studied metals and factors namely (organic matter contents, soil pH, and different granulometric ranges) are correlated. Results show that both organic matter amounts and fine fractions (clay and silt) were the master factors controlling the bioavailable portion in all soil types.