Determination of multi-element profiles of soil at Visakhapatnam using EDXRF technique

Abstract

In the present study attempt has been made to generate elemental profile database for major sources of soil pollution, specific to Visakhapatnam. Representative road dust and soil samples from major industrial locations were collected and analyzed for various metals distribution using EDXRF. Analysis results indicate that V and Ni were predominant at PR and Zn was found to be dominating in road dust samples. Higher concentration of Arsenic was observed at TPP as compared to all other sites. Cr was found to be dominating at TPP and SP. I geo calculations suggest that soil is highly contaminated with heavy metal pollutants.

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Sandeep, P., Kothai, P., Dusane, C.B. et al. Determination of multi-element profiles of soil at Visakhapatnam using EDXRF technique. J Radioanal Nucl Chem 302, 1371–1376 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10967-014-3579-y

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Keywords

  • Soil
  • EDXRF
  • Anthropogenic sources
  • Heavy metals
  • Geo accumulation index