Metals in particle-size fractions of the soils of five European cities

F. Ajmone-Marsan, M. Biasioli, T. Kralj, H. Grcman, C.M. Davidson, A.S. Hursthouse, L. Madrid, S. Rodrigues

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Abstract

Soils from Aveiro, Glasgow, Ljubljana, Sevilla and Torino have been investigated in view of their potential for translocation of potentially toxic elements (PTE) to the atmosphere. Soils were partitioned into five size fractions and Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn were measured in the fractions and the whole soil. All PTE concentrated in the <10 μm fraction. Cr and Ni concentrated also in the coarse fraction, indicating a lithogenic contribution. An accumulation factor (AF) was calculated for the <2 and <10 μm fraction. The AF values indicate that the accumulation in the finer fractions is higher where the overall contamination is lower. AF for Cr and Ni are particularly low in Glasgow and Torino. An inverse relationship was found between the AF of some metals and the percentage of <10 μm particles that could be of use in risk assessment or remediation practices. Metals in size fractions of urban soils.
LanguageEnglish
Pages73-81
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Volume152
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

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Keywords

  • PTE
  • urban soils
  • contamination
  • particle-size

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Ajmone-Marsan, F., Biasioli, M., Kralj, T., Grcman, H., Davidson, C. M., Hursthouse, A. S., ... Rodrigues, S. (2008). Metals in particle-size fractions of the soils of five European cities. Environmental Pollution, 152(1), 73-81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2007.05.020
Ajmone-Marsan, F. ; Biasioli, M. ; Kralj, T. ; Grcman, H. ; Davidson, C.M. ; Hursthouse, A.S. ; Madrid, L. ; Rodrigues, S. / Metals in particle-size fractions of the soils of five European cities. In: Environmental Pollution. 2008 ; Vol. 152, No. 1. pp. 73-81.
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