Volume 22, Issue 3 (Fall 2018)                   JWSS 2018, 22(3): 249-259 | Back to browse issues page

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Babaei H, GHanavati N, Nazarpour A. Contamination Level of Mercury in the Street Dust of Ahvaz City and its Spatial Distribution. JWSS. 2018; 22 (3) :249-259
URL: http://jstnar.iut.ac.ir/article-1-3429-en.html
1. Department of Soil Science, Ahvaz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahvaz, Iran.
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Dust particles are suspended particles created from various natural and anthropogenic sources. Dust particles contain toxic metals, such as mercury (Hg), which can have harmful effects on the human health. In this study, to investigate the contamination level of Hg in the street dust in Ahvaz, 95 dust samples were collected from the pavements in the main streets. The concentration of Hg in the collected samples was determined by the atomic absorption method (ASS). The contamination level was estimated based on indicators such as contamination factor (Cf), enrichment factor (EF), geo-accumulation index (Igeo) and ecological risk index (Er). The concentration value of mercury ranged from 0.02 to 8.75 mg/kg with an average of 2.53 mg/kg. The results of pollution indicators showed that the level of Hg contamination in the street dust of Ahvaz was a high level of contamination. In addition, the results of ecological risk assessment indicated that the ecological risk of Hg in the study area was very high. Spatial distribution pattern of Hg concentration showed that in areas with high population density, high traffic volume and industrial activities, there was a high pollution level of Hg.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Ggeneral
Received: 2017/01/17 | Accepted: 2017/11/5

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