Particle Size Distribution of Heavy Metals and Magnetic Susceptibility in an Industrial Site

  • Shamsollah Ayoubi
  • Zeynab Soltani
  • Hossein Khademi
Article

Abstract

This study was conducted to explore the relationships between magnetic susceptibility and some soil heavy metals concentrations in various particle sizes in an industrial site, central Iran. Soils were partitioned into five fractions (< 28, 28–75, 75–150, 150–300, and 300–2000 µm). Heavy metals concentrations including Zn, Pb, Fe, Cu, Ni and Mn and magnetic susceptibility were determined in bulk soil samples and all fractions in 60 soil samples collected from the depth of 0–5 cm. The studied heavy metals except for Pb and Fe displayed a substantial enrichment in the < 28 µm. These two elements seemed to be independent of the selected size fractions. Magnetic minerals are specially linked with medium size fractions including 28–75, 75–150 and 150–300 µm. The highest correlations were found for < 28 µm and heavy metals followed by 150–300 µm fraction which are susceptible to wind erosion risk in an arid environment.

Keywords

Heavy metals Steel company Enrichment Magnetic properties Arid soils 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Isfahan University of Technology for the financial support of this study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Soil Science, College of AgricultureIsfahan University of TechnologyIsfahanIran

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