Spatial Distribution of Mercury in the Surface Soils of the Urban Areas, Arak, Iran

  • Eisa Solgi
  • Abbas Esmaili-Sari
  • Alireza Riyahi-Bakhtiari
Article

Abstract

This study assessed the baseline concentrations and spatial distribution of total mercury (Hg) in urban soils of the city of Arak, Iran. Concentrations of Hg were determined in soil collected from urban areas, and the spatial distribution was analyzed using the semivariogram approach in geostatistical technology. Mercury in soil ranged from 66.3 to 581 µg/kg. The experimental variogram of soil mercury concentrations was best-fitted by a spherical model. A spatial distribution map revealed that Hg concentration showed decreasing trends from south to north, west to east and center to suburb. Overall, the results showed that Hg concentrations in urban soils of Arak may be considered medium or low.

Keywords

Total mercury Urban soils Spatial distribution Geostatistics Arak City 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eisa Solgi
    • 1
  • Abbas Esmaili-Sari
    • 2
  • Alireza Riyahi-Bakhtiari
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Environment, Faculty of Natural Resources and EnvironmentMalayer UniversityMalayerIran
  2. 2.Department of Environment, Faculty of Natural Resources and Marine ScienceTarbiat Modares UniversityNoorIran

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