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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2015/B32/S13.043

SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF COPPER CONTENT IN SOILS FROM ZLATNA AREA, ROMANIA

A. Manea, S. Dumitru, N. Vrinceanu
Thursday 24 September 2015 by Libadmin2015

References: 15th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2015, www.sgem.org, SGEM2015 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-37-7 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 18-24, 2015, Book3 Vol. 2, 317-324 pp

ABSTRACT
The main responsible for pollution occurring along the Ampoi River is the ore processing plant, "S.C. Ampellum Zlatna", an industrial unit specialized in copper metallurgy and chemistry. Activity of non-ferrous metallurgical plant from Zlatna caused the release directly to atmosphere of high levels of heavy metal emissions, most of them being later deposited on soil. The objective of this paper is to assess the spatial distribution of copper (total forms) in Zlatna area. The study of soil copper content revealed high copper contents levels in Zlatna area, while in the strongly affected area the intervention thresholds for less sensitive land uses are exceeded. The general trend shows a statistically decrease in the content of copper with the distance from the pollution source. On the East direction, the presence of soil copper has been reported over longer distances from the pollution source compared to other directions. The prevailing wind direction had an important role in the dispersion of copper emissions.

Keywords: Zlatna area, soil, copper, pollution

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