Spatial distribution of elements in soils of experimental area, Ružomberok - X-ray analysis
AbstractIn this work we focused on the presence and spatial distribution of chemical elements in soil. Field research was conducted in the town of Ružomberok and its surroundings, from July to August 2016. In total 100 samples were processed and analysed with X-ray spectrometry. In some cases, detected values exceed ID Criteria of the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic. We found significantly higher concentrations of lead (Pb) at higher altitudes as well as elevated concentrations of certain elements such as S, Cl, Cr, Cu, Zn, Mo, Ba and Hg in the city’s surrounding areas and near the pulp and paper factory. Our findings suggest that some elements and heavy metals may be transferred through the food chain to plants, animals and people.
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