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Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 66-70

Lead concentrations in soil and vegetation associated with highways of different traffic densities

  • C. Douglas GoldsmithJr.Affiliated withDepartment of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • , Patrick F. ScanlonAffiliated withDepartment of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • , Walter R. PirieAffiliated withDepartment of Statistics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Summary

Soil lead levels were found to decrease significantly in all traffic areas as distance from the highway increased. Areas of higher traffic volume had greater soil lead levels. Strong trends were shown in vegetation with areas of greater traffic density having greater lead levels than areas of lower traffic density. A decrease in lead levels was also noted in vegetation as distance from highway increased.