Volume 18, Number 68 (summer 2014)                   JWSS 2014, 18(68): 243-254 | Back to browse issues page


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Karimi H, Fotovat A, Lakzian A, Haghnia G H, Shirani M. Identification of Hotspots of Pb by Using Global and local Moran Index in Urban and Suburban Soils of Mashhad Plain. JWSS. 2014; 18 (68) :243-254
URL: http://jstnar.iut.ac.ir/article-1-2791-en.html

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In recent years, due to the increased population, urbanization and changes in human consumption patterns, urban, industrial and agricultural soils have been exposed to various pollutants such as heavy metals. The objective of this research was to identify hotspots of Pb by using global and local Moran Indices in urban and suburban soils of Kashafrood catchment. A total of 261 surface soil samples (0-15 cm deep) were taken using irregular girding network method and their total Pb concentrations were measured. The positive Moran index at confidence level of more than 99 percent showed the spatial clusters between observations. On the basis of local Moran index results, 15 samples were introduced as hotspots (high-high value) located southeast of Mashhad plain. Exclusion of extreme values resulted in the addition of high-high cluster (hotspots) leading to the extension of these areas to the West of the Mashhad city. These areas are introduced as hotspots due to the urban land use, the direction of prevailing wind, and the area being close to Mashhad airport.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Ggeneral
Received: 2014/09/16 | Accepted: 2014/09/16 | Published: 2014/09/16

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