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Using attic dust and soil for the separation of anthropogenic and geogenic elemental distributions in an old metallurgic area (Celje, Slovenia)

Robert Sajn
Using attic dust and soil for the separation of anthropogenic and geogenic elemental distributions in an old metallurgic area (Celje, Slovenia) (in Selected papers from the 6th international symposium on Environmental geochemistry, G. E. M. Hall (editor))
Geochemistry - Exploration, Environment, Analysis (February 2005) 5 (1): 59-67

Abstract

The objective of this work is the study of the distribution of chemical elements in attic dust and topsoil for the identification of anthropogenic (man-made) and geogenic (natural) element sources in an old metallurgic area on a local scale. At 99 sites samples of attic dust and soil (0-5 cm depth) were collected in 90 km (super 2) of the Celje area. Analysis for 42 chemical elements was performed. The geochemical properties of attic dust samples were compared to soils and evaluated in terms of their elemental contents and elemental associations. Based on a comparison of statistical parameters, spatial distribution of particular elements and results of cluster and factor analysis, one natural and three anthropogenic geochemical associations were identified. The natural geochemical association (Al-Ce-K-La-Li-Rb-Sc-Th) is influenced mainly by lithology. The anthropogenic associations are the result of zinc and sulphuric acid production (Ag-As-Cd-Cu-Hg-Mo-Pb-S-Sb-Zn) and iron metallurgy (Co-Cr-Fe-Mn-Ni) in the past. The third anthropogenic association (Nb-Ti) is the result of titanium oxide production which is still in progress. This study shows that by comparing the geochemical properties of attic dust and topsoil, it is possible to distinguish the natural from anthropogenic element sources. The attic dust proved also to be a very useful sampling medium for local-scale studies.


ISSN: 1467-7873
EISSN: 2041-4943
Serial Title: Geochemistry - Exploration, Environment, Analysis
Serial Volume: 5
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Using attic dust and soil for the separation of anthropogenic and geogenic elemental distributions in an old metallurgic area (Celje, Slovenia)
Title: Selected papers from the 6th international symposium on Environmental geochemistry
Author(s): Sajn, Robert
Author(s): Hall, G. E. M.editor
Affiliation: Geological Survey of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Affiliation: Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Pages: 59-67
Published: 200502
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society Publishing House, London, United Kingdom
Meeting name: 6th international symposium on Environmental geochemistry
Meeting location: Edinburgh, GBR, United Kingdom
Meeting date: 200309Sept. 2003
References: 37
Accession Number: 2005-026452
Categories: Environmental geologyGeochemistry of rocks, soils, and sediments
Document Type: Serial Conference document
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 5 tables
N46°13'60" - N46°13'60", E15°16'00" - E15°16'00"
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 200514
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