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Assessment of soils pollution extent in surroundings of ironworks based on magnetic analysis

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This paper reports on magnetic and magnetomineralogical studies of soils influenced by ironworks activity. Researches were conducted in five areas, of which Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski ironworks area is described in detail. A map of magnetic susceptibility was created based on field measurements and samples taken from soil profile were analyzed in laboratory. Measurements of magnetic susceptibility in two frequency ranges, anhysteretic remanent magnetization, isothermal remanent magnetization thermomagnetic and geochemical analysis were carried out. SEM was used to identify ferromagnetic fractions. As a result the horizontal and vertical extent of heavy metals pollution was established.

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Rosowiecka, O., Nawrocki, J. Assessment of soils pollution extent in surroundings of ironworks based on magnetic analysis. Stud Geophys Geod 54, 185–194 (2010).

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  • magnetic susceptibility
  • heavy metals pollution
  • ironworks
  • soil