Environmental Geochemistry and Health

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 65–78 | Cite as

Assessment of a Smelter Impact Area Using Surface Soils and Plants

  • J.L. Fernandez-Turiel
  • P. Aceñolaza
  • M.E. Medina
  • J.F. Llorens
  • F. Sardi


The concentrations of 37 trace elements (Ag, Ba, Be, Cd, Ce, Co, Cr, Cs, Cu, Dy, Er, Ga, Gd, Ge, La, Li, Mo, Nb, Nd, Ni, Pb, Pr, Rb, Sb, Sm, Sn, Sr, Tb, Th, Tl, U, V, W, Y, Yb, Zn and Zr) were determined by ICP-MS in surface soils and plants (Sida rhombifolia) sampled around a lead smelter in Lastenia, Province of Tucuman, NW Argentina. Soil and plant patterns of Pb, Cd, Ag, Zn and Cu demonstrate the effects of pollutant dispersion plumes following the prevalent wind directions. The high element concentrations observed, especially Pb (> 5,000 mg/kg), could cause serious environmental problems in areas of close proximity to the smelter. Consequently, measures to assess potential consequences for the local population should be considered to determine if measures to protect the environment are necessary.

Argentina contamination lead plant smelter soil trace 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J.L. Fernandez-Turiel
    • 1
  • P. Aceñolaza
    • 2
    • 3
  • M.E. Medina
    • 1
  • J.F. Llorens
    • 4
  • F. Sardi
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Earth Sciences J. Almera, CSIC, Solé i Sabarís s/nBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Univ. Nac. Tucumán, Fac. Cs. Nat.S. M. TucumánArgentina
  3. 3.CICyTTP-CONICET Matteri y España (3105) DiamanteEntre RíosArgentina
  4. 4.Institute of Earth Sciences J. Almera, CSIC, Solé i Sabarís s/nBarcelonaSpain

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