Environmental Geochemistry and Health

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 307–323 | Cite as

Influence of Industry on the Geochemical Urban Environment of Mieres (Spain) and Associated Health Risk

  • J. Loredo
  • A. OrdóñezEmail author
  • S. Charlesworth
  • E. De Miguel


This study is concerned with the elemental composition of soils and street dust collected in an historical industrial city of approximately 27 000 inhabitants, where old Hg mining and metallurgical activities strongly affected the load of heavy metals in the urban environment. For the purpose of the study, representative samples of soils and street dust were collected at different locations in the whole urban area (3 km2). Elevated mean concentrations of As in soils and street dust (69 and 135 μg g−1, respectively), and Hg (3.07 and 4.24 μg g−1, respectively), compared to background levels and to those found in other cities, reflect the anomalous geochemical nature of these materials and the strong influence exerted by the old mining sites.

arsenic environmental geochemistry mercury soils street dust urban pollution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Loredo
    • 1
  • A. Ordóñez
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. Charlesworth
    • 2
  • E. De Miguel
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Explotación y Prospección de Minas, E.T.S.I.M.O.Universidad de OviedoAsturiasSpain
  2. 2.Department of GeographyCoventry UniversityUK
  3. 3.Departamento de Ingeniería Quíimica y CombustiblesE.T.S.I.M.M., Universidad Politécnica de MadridSpain

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