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Composition, Distribution, and Characterization of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soil in Linfen, China


A total of 10 surface soil samples representing the entire area of Linfen City were collected and analyzed for the presence of 16 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The total polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon concentration ranged from 1.1 to 63.7 μg g−1. Analysis of the sources of contamination revealed that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the soil were derived from combustion sources. Specifically, the primary source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons was coal combustion, but the samples were also effected to varying degrees by traffic emissions. Furthermore, increased levels of contamination were observed in northeast Linfen due to the distribution of industrial plants.

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This study was supported by the National Natural Scientific Foundation of China (No. 20707031).

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Fu, S., Cheng, H.X., Liu, Y.H. et al. Composition, Distribution, and Characterization of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soil in Linfen, China. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 82, 167–171 (2009).

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  • Contamination
  • Linfen
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Soil